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McDavid’s magic doesn’t work! He repeated Kucherov’s record, but in the Stanley Cup final it was already 0-2

Date: July 14, 2024 Time: 14:19:31

Even though Florida won Game 1 of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final 3-0, it’s hard to say that game was more advantageous for the Panthers: Edmonton had many more dangerous moments, but ran into a wall impenetrable against Sergei Bobrovsky, who began the second consecutive round with a “cookie”. And although this victory had other heroes, among them the captain of the southerners Alexander Barkov, who won the first head-to-head duel against Connor McDavid, the scorers of the club of the same name and the special minority team, which closed the best majority of the league – the main one was the Russian goalkeeper, whose name was chanted until, during and after the match.

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But the Oilers defensive duo of Nurse and Ceci can easily be considered anti-heroes, as each received a “-2” and was dished out during the game; The criticism against them was very strong. Chris Knobloch was also apparently unhappy with the performance of his second pair of defenders, as in the second game Vincent Dearnay took Ceci’s place. Corey Perry was also on the bench and Sam Carrick appeared in his place. Paul Maurice, naturally, did not change the composition of it.

At the start of the game, it was impossible to say that the substitutions had any positive impact on the Oilers; Yes, the Canadians did not miss the first shot, like two days ago, but otherwise there was practically nothing positive. Florida crushed the rival in the first minutes and the guests could not cope with the attack of the winners of the opening match.

Edmonton didn’t make a single shot on goal in 11 minutes, while the Oilers made two on the power play. The Panthers harassed Skinner six times during the same period, but to no avail. In addition, the Canadian club lost a player: Warren Voegele played illegally against Eetu Luostarinen in his zone and received a match penalty, leaving his team in the minority for five minutes.

However, the rivals played two of them with equal force: soon Oliver Ekman-Larsson entered the penalty area. The Panthers probably forgot about that and played in the other team’s zone. The counterattack was immediate: the Oilers escaped 3-1 and Mattias Ekholm, who dragged the puck almost from his goal, turned on the red light behind Bobrovsky for the first time in the series.

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On the next turn, Brandon Montour was about to tie the score, but the puck after his shot hit the crossbar. There was no more dangerous moment in the first half from Florida’s hockey players, and the teams went into halftime with the Oilers’ slim lead.

Compared to the previous match, the Panthers and Oilers changed their roles: now the hosts played much more actively, but to a certain extent all this activity ended in nothing. And midway through the second half, Niko Mikkola almost put the puck into his own goal; Fortunately, Bobrovsky was on his guard.

Less than 10 seconds passed before Mikkola finally scored; As a result of a counterattack, the defender received a pass from his compatriot Anton Lundell and hit Skinner in touch. Vladimir Tarasenko also scored an effective action.

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Edmonton could have responded during another power play, but hit the woodwork twice: all the intrigue in this game was left for the last 20 minutes of regulation.

And just minutes after leaving the locker room, Amerant Bank Arena exploded: Evan Rodriguez’s pass didn’t work, but his shot did! Skinner could not react to the flight of the puck, which, apparently, not without the help of a rebound, ended up in the upper corner of his goal.

You can watch the video on the official NHL website. Video rights belong to NHL Enterprises, LP.

Soon the Oilers were lucky not to lose another player: Leon Draisaitl hit Alexander Barkov in the head, but instead of the possible 5+20, he only received two minutes. However, this was enough for the Panthers: Rodríguez corrected the puck after Lundell’s pass, ending the Canadians’ tremendous streak without conceding goals in the minority: Chris Knobloch’s team had already endured unequal lineups 34 times in a row.

Six minutes before the end, the Oilers pulled the goalie, but were unable to get back into the game. In addition, another puck flew into the empty goal – Aaron Ekblad scored for the first time in the current playoffs, eliminating all questions about the winner of this game.

Connor McDavid’s magic has not yet worked: the top scorer of this postseason today gave an assist (but did not convert the goal one on one) and repeated Nikita Kucherov’s record for the number of assists (27) in a Stanley Cup. , but in the final it is already 0-2 in favor of Edmonton! “Florida” comes to Canada with a good advantage: the “oil workers” will have to seriously try to make up the difference.

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Puck Henry
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