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On a night that felt like a must-win on their home ice, the Edmonton Oilers sorely missed a signature performance by Connor McDavid.
McDavid, widely regarded as the NHL’s best player and having had a torrid postseason thus far, was held to a 5-1 loss by the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Place on Monday night.
Coming off a three-point performance in Edmonton’s Game 2 win in Las Vegas, McDavid didn’t create much magic as his team was dominated in all three periods.
Things looked good for the Oilers to start things off as Warren Foegele gave them an early lead, but it wouldn’t last long. Vegas’ Jonathan Marchessault answered nearly two minutes later to even the score and got his second before the end of the first period to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead.
The second period is where things turned sour for the home team as Vegas got a goal each from Zach Whitecloud, Jack Eichel and Chandler Stephenson.
Meanwhile, it seemed like everyone in the arena was waiting for McDavid and the rest of the squad to get things going, but that moment never came.
It wasn’t a difficult night for Vegas goalie Adin Hill, who had to step in for starter Laurent Brossoit after he left the game in the first period with an injury after making a save against McDavid.
Hill’s performance was commendable, saving all 25 shots he faced.
NHL Twitter was hard on McDavid and the Oilers for their off-night.
Make that FIVE goals for Vegas 🔥
The Golden Knights are in action in Game 3 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/2gM0RcUPt9
Paul Almeida @AzorcanGlobal
Vegas continues to only gain position in the #Oilers D all night and go to the net for easy goals.
Very soft performance.
Now, the Golden Knights have stolen home-ice advantage and hold a 2-1 series lead over Edmonton. All the pressure in the world is on the Oilers and McDavid to come up with a big response in Game 4 to avoid falling into a dangerous 3-1 deficit in the series.
It’s time for the best hockey player in the world with another masterclass.
Game 4 of the series is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 pm ET.