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The Edmonton Oilers Defeat the Dallas Stars in a Thrilling Double Overtime in the WCF

McDavid Got the Winner in an Epic Game 1 of the Western Conference Final

Clutch Victory

In NHL news, the Edmonton Oilers skated away from Game 1 with a 3-2 double-overtime victory against their hosts, the Dallas Stars, on Thursday night. The teams will reconvene on Saturday night to continue their best-of-seven NHL games in this Western Conference Finals matchup.

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The Edmonton Oilers Defeat the Dallas Stars in a Thrilling Double Overtime in the WCF
Zach Hyman #18 celebrates with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 of the Edmonton Oilers - Cooper Neill/Getty Images/AFP

Game 1 Thriller

The NHL scores on Monday night showed the Edmonton Oilers skating to a grueling Game 7 victory over the Pacific Division champs, the Vancouver Canucks, by the score of 3-2. But it was only three days later when they were back on the ice against the Central Division Kings, and the top team in the Western Conference, the Dallas Stars. It’s not surprising that NHL rumors were swirling that the Oilers might not be ready for another powerhouse opponent after their exhausting battle with Vancouver.

The Stars were well rested after dispatching the Avalanche in six games and had nearly a week off before their showdown with Edmonton. After a scoreless first period, Leon Draisaitl deposited a juicy rebound in the back of the net, notching his ninth goal of the NHL playoffs just 48 seconds into the middle frame. Only three minutes later, Zach Hyman notched his 12th tally of the postseason after collecting the puck following a broken 2-on-1 break, making it 2-0 for the visiting Oilers.


However, the Stars were not going to go quietly and took advantage of a sloppy defensive play by the Oilers in their zone when Tyler Seguin poked in his fourth goal from inside the crease less than two minutes after Hyman’s goal to cut the lead to 2-1. It was not until Seguin lit the lamp again with less than four minutes remaining in regulation to even the score at 2-2 entering overtime.

 

McDavid Puts the Game on Ice

The first overtime could not have begun more inauspiciously for the Oilers as the team’s resident superstar, Connor McDavid, was whistled for high-sticking when his stick struck the face of Dallas center, Matt Duchene. The penalty was assessed as a double minor due to blood trickling from Duchene’s lower lip and Edmonton was suddenly looking at four short-handed minutes with only 17 seconds gone in the first overtime.

McDavid protested the call, claiming his stick was being held but to no avail. The Stars got only four shots on net during their power play possession, one of which was Jason Robertson’s bid ringing off the right post, freezing Edmonton goalie Stuart Skinner. But that was as close as Dallas would come to ending the contest as the Oilers escaped and the game went into double overtime.


But the contest would not go much longer after the teams resumed unpleasantries in the second overtime. Connor McDavid was planted in front of the Dallas net when he deftly tipped a sharp pass from the boards past the blocker side of the Stars’ goalie, Jake Oettinger, to seal the deal with a 3-2 victory.

We’re not surprised in here. He’s (McDavid) the best in the world,” Oilers defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. “He had a good look in the first overtime, too … By my experience of being here, he doesn’t get denied twice.

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