Connor McDavid scores in 2OT, Oilers win Sport 1 of Western Convention closing

Connor McDavid scored 32 seconds into double time beyond regulation because the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday in Sport 1 of the NHL’s Western Convention closing.

The celebrity captain took a cross from Evan Bouchard and redirected his third aim of the playoffs from the slot on Stars netminder Jake Oettinger.

Zach Hyman, with a aim and an help, and Leon Draisaitl additionally scored for Edmonton. Stuart Skinner made 31 saves. McDavid additionally had an help for a two-point evening.

Tyler Seguin, with two targets, replied for Dallas, which acquired 35 stops from Oettinger.

Sport 2 of the best-of-seven collection goes Saturday at American Airways Heart in Dallas. The matchup shifts to Rogers Place in Edmonton Monday and Wednesday.

Dallas Stars centre Tyler Seguin (91) scores a aim on Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner (74) throughout the third interval. (Tony Gutierrez/The Related Press)

McDavid joined Wayne Gretzky as the one two gamers in NHL historical past to file 20 assists by means of 13 or fewer video games in a post-season a number of instances after establishing Hyman’s second-period aim.

Draisaitl, in the meantime, turned the fifth totally different participant all-time to open a post-season with a 13-game level streak.

Edmonton killed off a four-minute McDavid penalty for high-sticking off the opening faceoff of OT — Jason Robertson hit each of Skinner’s posts in fast succession on the following energy play — when the centre clipped Matt Duchene within the mouth.

McDavid then practically received it later within the first further interval when he tried to outwait Oettinger alone in entrance, solely to look at the goaltender and defenceman Chris Tanev mix to get their sticks in the way in which and deny the golden alternative.

A hockey goaltender makes a save as another player in front of him jumps int he air.
Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (29) makes a save as Edmonton Oilers left wing Warren Foegele (37) applies a display screen throughout time beyond regulation in Sport 1 of the NHL hockey Western Convention Stanley Cup playoff finals on Thursday in Dallas. (Tony Gutierrez/The Related Press)

The Stars dispatched the Colorado Avalanche with a double OT victory in Sport 6 to advance to the third spherical, whereas the Oilers went the gap to get previous the Vancouver Canucks.

Dallas, which made the Cup closing within the 2020 pandemic-necessitated bubble, misplaced out to the Vegas Golden Knights in final spring’s convention closing. Edmonton was swept by Colorado on the identical stage in 2022. Each the Golden Knights, who additionally eradicated the Oilers some 12 months in the past, and Avalanche went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Draisatil, Hyman rating for Oilers

Edmonton opened Thursday’s scoring 58 seconds into the second when Brett Kulak’s partially blocked shot fell kindly to Draisaitl for him to bury his ninth.

Skinner made an enormous cease on Esa Lindell a couple of minutes later earlier than Edmonton broke the opposite means. McDavid’s preliminary rush likelihood was thwarted, however Hyman outmuscled each Lindell and Tanev to slip residence his fourth at 4:17.

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Oilers followers holding Canada’s Stanley Cup desires alive

Edmonton Oilers followers are buzzing for Sport 1 of the NHL Western Convention closing. From pre-game rituals to superstitions, followers are all in, making an attempt to maintain the dream alive for the final Canadian group left within the Stanley Cup playoffs.

McDavid additionally had 20 assists in 13 playoff video games in 2022. Gretzky completed the feat in 11 video games in 1983 and 1985, and in 13 contests in 1987.

Kulak gifted Dallas its opener at 6:11 when he fanned on a cross that was scooped up by Jamie Benn. The Stars captain slid the puck by means of the crease with Skinner down and out for Seguin to faucet in his fourth.

Skinner, who misplaced and regained the Oilers’ crease towards Vancouver, held the fort late within the interval with Dallas urgent.

The Stars tied it with 3:23 left in regulation when Robertson’s shot hit Evgenii Dadonov in entrance and bounced proper to Seguin for his second of the evening.

Oettinger made a large save on Dylan Holloway on a breakaway moments later to power OT.

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