McDavid repeated Ovechkin’s powerful record! Will he take Edmonton to the Stanley Cup?

Sergey Emelyanov

Sergey Emelyanov

Edmonton win playoff series against Kings

Edmonton won the playoff series for the first time since 2017. His next opponent will be determined in the last match of the first round of the Stanley Cup.

In 2015, the Edmonton Oilers selected Canadian forward Connor McDavid with the first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft. Over the next seven seasons, the 25-year-old forward won four Art Ross Trophies for the NHL’s regular season leading scorer, won the Hart Trophy twice as the most valuable player in a smooth season, won the Ted Lindsay Award three times as the most outstanding hockey player of the season as voted by members players’ union, and also collected a whole scattering of achievements in the form of hits in various symbolic teams.

Connor continued to pick up individual honors this season as well, posting a career-high regular-season goalscoring record of 123 points in 80 games. Only one circumstance prevented McDavid from being fully happy from his performance in the best league in the world. During Connor’s career in the NHL, the Oilers were only the third time they were able to break into a full-fledged playoff draw, and in this time period they won only one cup series – in 2017 against San Jose.

Otherwise, there were three playoff misses (2016, 2018, 2019), one second round loss (2017), one first round loss (2021) and one qualifying round loss (2020). This season, the Oilers made it to the playoffs from second place in their division and in the first round they were rivals of the Los Angeles Kings.



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Throughout the series, McDavid looked like the real leader of Edmonton, and in only one match he could not score with effective actions. But how good the Canadian was in other meetings! After five games, the Oilers were trailing 2-3 in the series, but in Game 6, Connor scored a goal and two assists, making a huge contribution to turning the confrontation into a decisive match. And today, McDavid again played first violin in the orchestra “Oilers”.

In the first period, the teams failed to hit the gate, and the key events had to wait until the middle of the second segment. Seven minutes before its end, McDavid picked up the puck behind the goal line, made a spectacular turn, throwing off guardianship in the person of Anzhe Kopitar, after which he found defender Cody Cesi, who successfully connected to the attack, with an accurate pass, who opened the scoring in the match.

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And at the end of the third period, McDavid distinguished himself on his own, having managed to bring his breakthrough to mind. The hosts’ scoring combination began with rebounding the puck in their zone after the face-off, Kyler Yamamoto threw a game projectile with a technical throw at the speeding up McDavid, and he broke through to the gates of Jonathan Quick, but was stopped by the guests’ defender Sean Durzi, who violated the rules on the Edmonton captain. The moment is exhausted and you need to prepare for the draw of the majority? No matter how. McDavid did not pay any attention to the opponent’s foul and continued to play, from behind the gate he pulled the puck to a nickel and sent it to the target with an uncomfortable hand, removing all questions about the winner of the seventh match and the entire series.

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He has 14 (4+10) points in the current Stanley Cup. Thus, McDavid repeated the powerful record of the XXI century in the number of points in one playoff series. Previously, it was shared by three players – Russian Alexander Ovechkin (8 + 6 in seven matches of the Washington series with Pittsburgh in 2009), Canadian Sidney Crosby (5 + 9 in six matches of the Pittsburgh series with Ottawa in 2010) ) and another Canadian Claude Giroud (6 + 8 in six matches of the Philadelphia series with Pittsburgh in 2012). Now McDavid has caught up with them, dispelling the myth of his non-cup.

The league record belongs to Rick Middleton (19 points – 5 + 14 in seven games of the Boston series with Buffalo in 1983). Wayne Gretzky is in second place (18 points – 4 + 14 in six matches of the Edmonton series with Chicago in 1985), in third is Mario Lemieux (17 points – 7 + 10 in six matches of the Pittsburgh series with ” Washington” in 1992).

It is impossible not to mention the goalkeeper Mike Smith, who at the age of 40 managed to issue a shut-out in the decisive match of the playoff series. The Canadian club won the playoff series for the first time since 2017 when they defeated San Jose in the first round. Edmonton’s opponent in the second round will be the winner of the seventh match of the Calgary series – Dallas (3-3). This game will take place on the night of May 16 and will be the final match of the first round of the NHL playoffs. Can Connor take Edmonton to the Stanley Cup? A big question, given the uneven composition of the “oil” and the obvious weaknesses in the team. But to try for the first time in his career to break into the finals of the Western Conference, he is definitely within his power.

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