The Rangers and Oilers played the NHL game of the night on Friday. Edmonton captain Connor McDavid made the play of the night and probably the season.
And to write that McDavid, with his team down by one goal, picked up a loose puck on the offensive side, skidded into the neutral zone, circled back to the red line, charged into the New York zone, split four Rangers skaters who had him circled, attacked goalie Alexandar Georgiev and then slipped a backhand into an open net to tie the game with just under three minutes left in regulation time.
Because, just look at this:
“It’s probably not the best idea to take on four guys every night, but the situation was kind of weird. Everybody was going up. I was going down,” McDavid said.
The goal allows Edmonton to take the game into overtime. It should come as no surprise that McDavid then assisted on Leon Draisaitl’s 3:27 goal in the extra session, giving the Oilers a 6-5 victory in a game in which they trailed 4-1.
It should also come as no surprise that McDavid didn’t brag about being able to score 1v4.
“It was a good goal. I have scored a few good ones in my career and that lives up to some of them,” he said. He noted that the game situation, plus the fact that the Oilers retired Hall of Fame defender Kevin Lowe’s No. 4 Friday at Rogers Place, made the moment feel “a little bit bigger than just a game in November. “.
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Teammates Zach Hyman and Darnell Nurse were ready to offer superlatives. Hyman called it the “best” goal he has seen, while Nurse, with McDavid sitting to his right, called it “probably the best” he has seen.
“He’s scored some pretty special goals, but tonight’s had a huge impact on the game,” Oilers coach Dave Tippett said.
McDavid has accumulated points in his team’s 10 games this season (eight goals, 14 assists). His hot streak has gone hand in hand with Edmonton’s torrid start. The Oilers are 9-1-0 and lead the Pacific Division by three points over the Flames, who host the Rangers in the “Hockey Night in Canada” cup on Saturday. His next game is Tuesday in Detroit against the Red Wings.