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Connor McDavid Exhilarates NHL Followers as Oilers Drive Recreation 6 vs. Tkachuk, Panthers

Scott Polacek @@ScottPolacek Featured Columnist IV June 19, 2024 Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images The Edmonton Oilers’ dream of a 3-0 comeback is still alive and well. Edmonton defeated the Florida Panthers 5-3 in Tuesday’s Game 5 of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final at Amerant Bank Arena and now trails just 3-2 in the series

Connor McDavid Exhilarates NHL Followers as Oilers Drive Recreation 6 vs. Tkachuk, Panthers

Scott LogoFeatured Columnist IVJune 19, 2024

SUNRISE, FLORIDA - JUNE 18: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers skates the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Game Five of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final between the Edmonton Oilers and the Florida Panthers at Amerant Bank Arena on June 18, 2024 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The Edmonton Oilers’ dream of a 3-0 comeback remains to be alive and properly.

Edmonton defeated the Florida Panthers 5-3 in Tuesday’s Recreation 5 of the 2024 Stanley Cup Remaining at Amerant Financial institution Enviornment and now trails simply 3-2 within the collection with the chance to pressure a decisive contest if it capitalizes on house ice in Recreation 6.

The Recreation 5 win might be outlined by two phrases: Connor McDavid.

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Edmonton’s celebrity was unstoppable within the newest victory with two targets and two assists. It regarded like he was toying with Florida defenders for prolonged stretches of the competition, together with when he utterly took over the sport within the essential second interval.

Social media reacted accordingly:

B/R Open Ice @BR_OpenIce

Connor McDavid simply turned the third participant in NHL historical past to attain 40+ factors in a postseason 🔥

Gretzky, Lemieux, MCDAVID… GOAT issues 🐐

Yahoo Sports activities @YahooSports

Connor McDavid has seven factors over his final two video games within the #StanleyCup Finals🤯

Alex Kirshner @alex_kirshner

Watching McDavid, I really feel myself changing into an NBA-style ringzzzzzz man so I can faux he is not pretty much as good as Crosby despite the fact that fairly clearly nobody since Lemieux was something like this

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Elden Lord Seany Salami @Seany__Salami

Connor McDavid is the perfect participant I’ve ever seen.

The one ones which can be even shut are Crosby, Kakko, and Ovechkin.

Adam @OilersAdam

I really like how surprised Corey Perry was after Connor McDavid carried out absolute magic to set him up for the aim

Pierre LeBrun @PierreVLeBrun

McDavid, simply wow. Perry makes it 4-1.
That is a spotlight they’re going to be displaying for years.

Beau Bennett @BeauBennett19

Mcdavid ought to win the Conn Smythe even when they lose

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Bruce Arthur @bruce_arthur

Good god, McDavid

Justin Bourne @jtbourne

All the circulate of the sport trails McDavid’s wake when he is on the market. He is the lead goose within the Flying V and everybody else is simply tryna catch a little bit of the slipstream.

CJ Turtoro @CJTDevil

Think about if Connor McDavid breaks the all time playoff level document en path to solely the second comeback from 3-0 down in Stanley Cup historical past.

How excessive does he launch up the GOAT checklist if he does it?

Bryan Hayes @HayesTSN

McDavid is a online game proper now. Unstoppable. That is nuts.

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SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Connor McDavid proper now:

Faizal Khamisa @FaizalKhamisa

Look, I do not know if the Oilers come all the way in which again and win 4 straight, however by no means has “if theres any workforce that may, it is this one” rung extra true due to Connor McDavid. Actually the perfect.

McDavid was the star, however the Oilers additionally obtained targets from Connor Brown, Zach Hyman and Corey Perry. Goaltender Stuart Skinner allowed targets to Matthew Tkachuk, Evan Rodrigues and Oliver Ekman-Larsson however nonetheless saved 30 of the 33 pictures he confronted.

It was extra of the identical for the Oilers, who had loads of momentum regardless of the collection deficit following a dominant 8-1 win in Saturday’s Recreation 4. Florida pulled goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in the course of the earlier loss after he and the complete workforce was overwhelmed by the Oilers’ offensive assault, and the beginning of Recreation 5 did nothing to quell any lingering issues.

Brown intercepted a go and scored a short-handed aim on the breakaway he created to open the scoring within the first interval.

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That was simply the beginning of the preliminary onslaught for the Oilers, as McDavid shifted into takeover mode within the second interval with assists on targets from Hyman and Perry to go together with his personal aim. He glided by way of defenders with ease in a show of particular person celebrity brilliance that few in NHL historical past may have pulled off.

But the house workforce lower into three-goal deficits on a number of events with targets from Tkachuk and Rodrigues to maintain the gang totally engaged and apply stress on an Edmonton workforce combating for the survival of its championship goals.

By no means was that stress extra obvious than when Ekman-Larsson buried a aim on a Tkachuk help lower than 5 minutes after the beginning of the third interval.

To the Oilers’ credit score, they withstood the stress due to sturdy protection and play from Skinner. Fittingly, it was McDavid who scored the open-netter within the ultimate seconds to clinch the win and pressure the collection again to Edmonton for Friday’s Recreation 6.

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