LOS ANGELES – There is an old saying that has been said on hockey rinks for centuries. Something about how your best players should be your best players if you’re going to win games like this Edmonton Oilers won Thursday night in Los Angeles.
They are by no means a perfect team, these Oilers. We are still not sure that they are a team from the 2nd round.
McDavid grabbed his team for the nameplates on Thursday night and pulled them up on his back by three points tonight. Draisaitl barely missed a substitution despite an ankle injury that left him with one leg, but still managed to set the winner with 5:10 to play in a 2-2 match.
And Kane? Pffff.
All he did was take it home 2-0, score another that was canceled, and then score again – the empty net that sealed a 4-2 victory in Game 6 as Edmonton lived to play again on what must be stunning Saturday night in The Big E.
“It will be juicy,” said Kane, who greeted the Crypto.com Arena fans with seven fingers in honor of the upcoming Game 7, not to mention his seventh in the series. “It will be juicy!”
Only Wayne Gretzky and Marc Messier (eight each) have ever scored more goals in the first six playoff games in Oilers’ history, but despite Kane’s performance, the Oilers sat 2-1, after LA scored just 29 seconds. final frame.
How was Jay Woodcroft’s bench at the moment, their lead was gone and their season was on?
“Calm down, calm down,” Woodcroft said. “We knew we had the horses on the bench to get the job done.”
The leading horse, as always, was McDavid. The fastest Clydesdale you’ve ever seen, he scored an ice-breaking goal at just 1:40 in the game and added a pair of assists.
You see, McDavid did a lot of crazy things on the rink in the National Hockey League in his career and probably got us out of the seats a few more times the other night. But given the context of this win-or-go-home game, the weight of an organization that made a lot of losses and was ready for another nasty loss in Round 1, and the fact that Darnell Nurse was punished, and Draisaitl was around 50 percent for two periods, this is probably the best performance in McDavid’s career.
He was like Messier, to be honest, jumping shift after shift and commanding the game, changing momentum and just dragging his teammates into battle.
“You can see his fighting level. He is in every battle, above every check, “he wondered Tyson Barrythe trailer that took Draisaitl’s pass and transferred it Jonathan Fast for the winner. “He is doing everything right and you can say how much he wants it.
“We are just happy to have him on our side. We need to get another one for him here. “
“His game is beyond the world,” Woodcroft repeated. “He was a leader in us, doing what we had to do in the first part of the first period.”
His team plunged into a fit of bad starts, Woodcroft kicked out McDavid for five shifts in the first 8:29 of the game, ensuring that the Oilers started this one on their toes and the Kings on their fifth. McDavid played like a master, his 24:02 in ice time is the highest in both teams – including defenders.
The biggest difference is that today he uses the speed of his foot in the video game not only to attack but also to defend, engaging physically every inch of the road. He’s 25, and this is Connor McDavid Peak, people.
We watched many captains lead many teams in our 35 years in this league, from Grecki, to Nick Lidström, to Jonathan Touse, to Joe Sakic, to Henrik Sedin and the great Patrice Bergeron. This is what everyone looked like.
Hockey may be so lucky to see what McDavid will do in the Stanley Cup final one day or an Olympic gold medal match.
Then there was Draisaitl, who bent at his ankle when Mike Anderson seems to have killed him in a skirmish at the end of the first period. Draisaitl barely managed to repel the rest of the match, but gave his team 18:25 of the best he had and saved his best job to assist at Barry’s door.
“I mean, that’s what he does. He makes these plays in his dream, “Barry said. “He’s a talented man and one of the best pitchers you’ll ever see.”
“He’s a warrior,” Woodcroft said. “I am not worried about him. In the end, he played with the winning goal. “
Woodcroft will bring the nurse back for Game 7, but he may be worried about what the doctor says when he looks at Draisaitl’s ankle on Friday morning. This Game 7 will not be a place for the lame, even when they are a pedigree of Draisaitl.
So it’s back in Edmonton for another game, the final on Saturday night at the back of Game 7 with a triple header to be epic.
It is fair to ask if these Oilers can do their job in Game 6.
But who says the NHL playoffs are fair?