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GAME REVIEW: Oilers 5, Panthers 3 (Game 5)

GAME REVIEW: Oilers 5, Panthers 3 (Game 5)

SUNRISE, FL – Drag the cats back to Alberta.

The Edmonton Oilers would not be denied their chance to bring the Stanley Cup Final back to Oil Country after defeating the Florida Panthers 5-3 in Game 5 at Amerant Bank Arena on Tuesday night, putting the hardware into action one more night kept the suitcase. Connor McDavid delivered a legendary performance with two goals and two assists to help Blauw & Oranje avoid elimination for the second game in a row.

The Oilers captain dished out both of his assists with the man advantage, including a magic move and a great pass to Corey Perry at the back door during the second period for his first of the playoffs that made it 4-1 before the Panthers fought their way. back with the next two goals to set up a frenzied final minute as Florida’s net was empty.

Mattias Janmark hit the post on the empty net before Matthew Tkachuk made a diving goal-line clearance to clear an empty-netter for Evan Bouchard, but the captain corralled the loose puck and fired it into the gaping cage for his 42nd point of the contest. 2024 play-offs that saw the Blauw & Oranje secure their 5-3 victory.

The captain’s four-point night puts him five points ahead of setting the new NHL record for points in a single playoff, while Evan Bouchard contributed three helpers in the win and passed Paul Coffey for most points by a defenseman in one postseason. campaign (26).

Winger Connor Brown scored his second shorthanded goal of the playoffs to open the scoring just over five minutes into the first period, as the Oilers’ power play went 2-for-5 on the night, including Zach Hyman getting his first goal of the Stanley Cup Final on a deflection early in the middle frame.

Goaltender Stuart Skinner stopped 29 of 32 shots to maintain Edmonton’s undefeated record in elimination games in these playoffs (4-0), while the netminder improved to 9-0 in Games 4-7 in the 2024 postseason with a sub-2.00 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

The Oilers head home for Game 6 on Friday in front of their incredible fans, who will provide Rogers Place and ICE District with a deafening experience for the Panthers as Edmonton attempts to send the series back to Sunrise for Game 7.