Wednesday, January 18, 2017

McDavid scores in OT, or does he?

On the night that Connor McDavid registered his 100th NHL point, his 102nd was far more significant. But it nearly did not happen.

McDavid scored on a breakaway with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to give the Oilers the 4-3 win, but officials needed a few minutes to review it because Florida goalie James Reimer had actually caught the puck in his glove. Only problem for Reimer was that his glove drifted behind the goal line as he corralled the puck.

Good goal, good night.

"I thought it went in just because he was already in his net basically," said McDavid. "The refs did a good job and the guys back in Toronto did a good job of being able to find a clear shot of it."

The Oilers improve to 25-15-7 with the win and McDavid's three points bring his NHL-leading points total to 54 (four clear of Sidney Crosby's 50).

The Oilers were happy to get the points, but it was by no means a happy coach Todd McLellan addressing the media after the game.

"I can tell you this... If we move forward playing that way it will be a long while until we win again," McLellan said. "It kind of hurts to say but I thought we were out worked tonight--we were out-hustled."

The Oilers blew a 2-0 lead but pulled even in the third on Jordan Eberle's first goal since December 6th.

He added: "If you want to keep your number between one and ten in the league you have to be prepared every night. To get outworked, outhustled, out-positioned, out-passed--for a whole game basically--is disappointing."