Rangers and Oilers played their game of the night in the NHL on Friday. Edmonton captain Connor McDavid made the game of the night – and probably the season.
And to write that McDavid, with his team under a goal, picked up a loose puck in the offensive side, skated in the neutral zone, returned to the red line, charged forward in the New York area, split four Rangers skaters. who had surrounded him and deked goalkeeper Alexandar Georgiev and then slipped a backhand into an open net to equalize the game with just under three minutes to play in the regulations sells off the moment.
Why, look at this:
“It’s probably not the best idea to face four guys every night, but the situation was weird. Everyone was coming. I was getting off the tube,” McDavid said.
The goal allowed Edmonton to take the game to extra time. It should come as no surprise to anyone that McDavid later witnessed Leon Draisaitl’s 3:27 goal in the extra session, which gave the Oilers a 6-5 win in a match in which they were 4-1 down.
Also, it shouldn’t come as a shock that McDavid didn’t brag about being able to score 1v4.
“It was a good goal. I scored some good ones in my career and this is the same as some of them,” he said. He noted that the game situation, in addition to the fact that the Oilers withdrew defender No. 4 Friday at Rogers Place, made the moment seem “a little bigger than just a game in November”.
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Teammates Zach Hyman and Darnell Nurse were willing to offer superlatives. Hyman called it the “best” goal he has ever seen, while Nurse – with McDavid sitting to his right – called it “probably the best” he has ever seen.
“He scored some really special goals, but tonight’s had a huge impact on the game,” said Oilers manager Dave Tippett.
McDavid has collected points in all 10 of his team’s games this season (eight goals, 14 assists). His streak went hand in hand with Edmonton’s scorching start. The Oilers are 9-1-0 and lead the Pacific Division by three points over the Flames, who will host Rangers in “Hockey Night in Canada” on Saturday. Their next game is Tuesday in Detroit against the Red Wings.