With a Gretzky-like effort in front of Oilers greats, McDavid solidifies his legend

Alberta – The mythology of Connor McDavid gained a foot on a night when the Edmonton Oilers honored another great—the final member of the dynasty era Hall of Famers.

They gathered at Rogers Place to see Kevin Lowe’s No. 4 soar to the rafters. However, after McDavid brought the house down with a late, game-tying goal that was possibly the finest he’s ever scored, they entered the Edmonton night marveling at their next Hall of Famer.

You call it an exaggeration.

Asking his teammates

Zach Hyman proclaimed, “It’s the best goal I’ve ever seen.”

In the post-game interviews, Darnell Nurse said, “He’ll downplay it,” pointing to McDavid to his right. However, that was arguably the most beautiful goal I’ve ever seen.

What a fantastic nostalgic evening it was in Edmonton on Friday when the old Oilers Hall of Famers gathered for one final jersey retirement (without Wayne Gretzky and Grant Fuhr). With beers in hand, they watched as Edmonton lost the game 4-1 before tying it.

An evening like that merited more than a valiant attempt at a comeback that fell short. With 2:59 remaining, McDavid’s Gretzkian effort drew the Oilers even before Leon Draisaitl’s overtime screamer gave the Oilers a 9-1 lead and the crowd a fit.

Dave Tippett, the head coach of the Oilers, reported that Paul Coffey spoke for Kevin at the Gala last night. He claimed to enjoy 8-7 games. Although it wasn’t exactly 8-7, we came close. Good game.

On a night when they had come together to honor Lowe—the Oilers’ first-ever draft pick, their first-ever goal scorer, and a stay-at-home defenceman who served as the foundation of Edmonton’s blue line on all five of its Stanley Cup victories—McDavid stole the show with a goal that tied the game and should be preserved for posterity.

At the offensive blue line, McDavid fumbled a puck and had to take it into the neutral zone, where he had to wait for his teammates to clear it before he could return. One-on-four, four New York Rangers constructed a red, white, and blue fence that no mortal player would have been able to breach as he dove and swerved with the puck.

As Dallas Eakins used to say, McDavid narrowed his eyes, charged straight into the box, emerged from it, placed a nice deke on Alexandar Georgiev’s goal, and deposited the ball in the open net.

You’ve already seen it, and it was amazing.

Ironically, while No. 97 is falling into the rafters, they will one day play that video in this structure.

Tippett stated that “99% of the league dumps the puck in there.” He’s scored some incredible goals. That ranks right up there (among the best of them), as (GM) Ken Holland and I discussed after the game.

McDavid resisted being urged by the media to assert that the play involved some sort of sorcery or wizardry.

He remarked, “I was disappointed because I couldn’t maintain the puck in the zone. “I kind of lost the handle of the puck all night, but I just tried to pick my way through there,” the speaker said. The boys did a wonderful job of regaining the group’s support, and I made an effort to move forward unimpeded. I’ll navigate through.”

With three minutes remaining in a 5-4 contest, what would prompt him to take on four Rangers?

It’s probably not a good idea to fight four guys every night, he admitted, but the circumstance was peculiar. Everyone was sort of rising, and I was down the pipe. merely made an attempt to play.

In the hierarchy of highlight-reel goals he has scored, where does this one rank?

“Yes, that goal was nice. That’s right up there with a few of the good goals I’ve scored over my career,” he remarked. “It felt a little greater than just a game in November because of the time, the timing and the night.

“I’m compensated to make large goals and to perform that kind of work. Just doing my job, you know.

The Oilers set a team record by scoring a powerplay goal in each of their first 10 games of the season thanks to Jesse Puljujarvi’s two goals and the presence of Jari Kurri, a legend in his native Finland.

McDavid, who has a point in every game this season, recorded a goal and three points on Friday. He now has an 18-game scoring streak going back to last season’s regular season.

The Oilers, who have a 9-1 record after 10 games, have had one of their best starts since leaving the World Hockey Association. They are now on the road following an emotional victory in front of a virtually full house and all of their former greats.

It was a fairytale evening, and perhaps, just perhaps, it was just the beginning of a fairytale season.

“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves too quickly. “There have been 10 games,” McDavid remarked. “It’s a good beginning. With all the legends present, it’s a unique evening. Sincerity be damned, we wanted to play well, and for a good chunk of the game, we didn’t. But how would you go about winning a game like that?

You can expand upon it.

A legend might be created around it.

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