Great day for Edmonton! This city saw some impressive feats of athleticism today. First of all, onlookers in my neighbourhood saw me somehow not keel over, whilst shoveling my driveway this morning. Then, football fans saw the Eskimos advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, somehow (I know how the crossover works). Finally, we saw Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan “The Nuge” Nugent-Hopkins, & the lads, officially avenge the 2017 playoff loss, and beat a coach who once helped get us McDavid.
The Oilers struck first, and then third in the first period, on goals by McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins.
In the second, Nugent-Hopkins extended the lead with a rocket of a snapshot, top-shelf. Kassian raised the lead to three, late in the second period. Later, now up only 4-2, Connor McDavid scored one of the nicest goals I’ve ever seen. Maybe not the most physically impressive goal we’ve seen from McDavid, the captain instead showed off his lightning-quick hands, right after popping up from one knee, on a play that would have sent someone with my skating ability, into the end boards, face first. The finish was a forehand-backhand-forehand move, that he chipped upstairs with his 64 degree wedge, a la Phil Mickelson.
McDavid, of course, completed the hat trick, and, by the way, Leon had four assists. Great night for the Oilers! Great night for those of us who irrationally love the team so much that we fill our fantasy hockey teams and daily fantasy lineups with Oilers! Draisaitl now leads the NHL in scoring, with 34 points, while McDavid is tied for second with 30.
The Oilers next play on Tuesday, in San Jose, as they look to follow up on an impressive start to their west coast swing.