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The Oilers Look to Make NHL History With a Major Comeback

After Being down 0-3, the Edmonton Oilers Aim to Secure an Epic Comeback in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals

The Oilers Look to Make NHL History With a Major Comeback
Ryan McLeod #71 of the Edmonton Oilers- Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

Incredible Finals 🧊

But one Edmonton fan that would guarantee a victory is Kate the Boobie Girl…

The Edmonton Oilers have been dominating NHL news after dropping their first three Stanley Cup games only to roar back and win the next three, forcing a winner-take-all Game 7 tonight!

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 Oilers Too Slick

Nobody wanted to watch the Oilers lose the first three NHL games of the Stanley Cup Finals more than I did after having put down a few bucks on the Greasers to win it all back in October. I had already mailed it in but fortunately, Edmonton had other ideas and they have turned this series around by igniting their prolific offense after it refused to start in Games 1, 2, and 3.


Various reasons and NHL rumors are circulating as to why they were finally able to solve the riddle that was Florida goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky. At least part of the answer can be found in the Edmonton Oilers’ roster which includes the most dynamic one-two punch in the world with Connor McDavid and Leo Draisaitl.

But singling those two out is misleading because this entire team has caught fire at the right time as evidenced by McDavid not even registering a shot in Edmonton’s 5-1 Game 6 victory. Nevertheless, there is no doubt the 27-year-old phenom is the straw that stirs the drink on this team and had it not been for his two-goal, two-assist, performance in Game 5, we might not be talking about a Game 7 showdown.

 

History in the Making?

Should the Oilers win tonight in Florida, they will be only the second team in NHL history to erase a three-game deficit in the Stanley Cup Finals to win the Stanley Cup. You’d have to travel back to 1942 to find the only other example when the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a three-game deficit to defeat the Detroit Red Wings to claim the Cup.


Will Edmonton’s version be even sweeter should they defeat the Panthers tonight? I don’t know, that’s a question for your great-grandfather but all I know is that this edition is pretty sweet. We all knew the offense would take care of itself but few believed the defense and goaltending could sustain a three-game winning streak against one of the grittiest and most talented teams in the league.

But guess what, they’ve done exactly that, and goalie Nathan Skinner gets a big share of the credit. He’s a homegrown talent, born right here in Edmonton, and he’s allowed only five goals in the last three games (1.66 GAA) while turning aside 81 of 86 shots (.941 save percentage).

It’s been a helluva run for the Oilers as their road to the Finals hasn’t been easy. They dispatched the Kings in five games, the Pacific Division champion Vancouver Canucks in seven, and the Central Division-winning Dallas Stars in six, before advancing to their date with destiny against the Panthers.


Tickets to tonight’s Game 7 are running about a G-Note for the cheap seats and up to 10 grand if you want to rub elbows with the rich and famous. But one Edmonton fan that would guarantee a victory is Kate the Boobie Girl. My boy Dave Manyun wrote all about her but it seems she’s a wee bit shyer than she was at Game 5 against Dallas when she flashed those golden globes.

My prediction is the Oilers skate away from Sunrise, Florida with a 4-2 Game 7 victory and the Stanley Cup heading home to Edmonton.

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