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Despite superstar Connor McDavid’s best efforts, the Edmonton Oilers are on the brink of elimination after a 4-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Friday night.
McDavid scored two of his team’s goals, including a nice solo play early in the third period to cut the deficit to one, but it wasn’t enough to overcome another strong performance by the Golden Knights in their home ice at T-Mobile Arena.
After Edmonton went up 2-1 heading into the second period, Vegas poured in three goals in the second 20 minutes to take a commanding 4-2 lead and never trailed again en route to a 3-2 lead. above the series.
Golden Knights star Jack Eichel had a great game with a first-period goal to go along with two assists to help propel his team to victory. Jonathan Marchessault also dished out a whopping three assists for a playoff career high.
As for the Oilers, McDavid just needed a little help from the rest of his supporting cast, and they may have been able to retreat down the road in anger, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Regardless, NHL Twitter was left in awe of McDavid’s brilliance once again despite the loss.
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MCDAVID WITH THE HERO 🥵 pic.twitter.com/eRbKw8pOUR
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I am with other Oilers not named Connor Mcdavid 🙏🏻🕯️🤞🏻 pic.twitter.com/tR8rSdCNLG
If the Oilers are going to mount a comeback in this series, they will need a couple more clutch performances from McDavid, as well as contributions from the rest of the roster to help ease some of the pressure on superstar shoulders.
McDavid has been incredible throughout the postseason, especially this series. He had at least two points in every game except one, a huge 5-1 loss in Game 3.
Luckily for Edmonton, the Oilers have a chance to salvage their season on home ice at Rogers Place on Sunday in Game 6.