Edmonton Oilers with gala against Florida Panthers

Edmonton Oilers with gala against Florida Panthers

Status: 16.06.2024 11:28 a.m.

In game four of the Stanley Cup final, the Edmonton Oilers made an impressive comeback. The Canadians gave the Florida Panthers no chance in their home arena and won 8:1.

The Oilers reduced the deficit to 1:3 with their clear victory in the best-of-seven series. A total of four wins are necessary to win the Stanley Cup.

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First goal involvement for Draisaitl in the final series

The Oilers survived the Panthers’ intense opening phase unscathed and celebrated a dream start of their own: First, Mattias Janmark scored into the half-empty goal (4th minute), then Adam Henrique pushed a sharp pass into the net (8th).

Florida came back close with a deflected shot from Vladimir Tarasenko (12th minute), but Dylan Holloway found the right answer to a power play from Draisaitl to make it 3-1 (15th minute). For the German, it was his first goal involvement in the current finals.

Panthers goalie Brobovsky replaced

The Oilers continued to play freely in the second period. Connor McDavid extended the lead with his first goal of the series (22nd). Darnell Nurse ensured that the working day of Panthers keeper Sergej Brobovsky, who had been so strong up until this game, came to an early end with a shot into the corner (25th).

Edmonton also managed to score the first power play goal of the final series through Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to make it 6-1 (34th minute).

Energy saving mode is sufficient in the last third

In the third period, the Panthers tried to turn the momentum around again, but were repeatedly thwarted by the brilliant Stuart Skinner (97 percent save percentage). So it was the Oilers who, in energy-saving mode, made the final score 8:1 through Holloway (55th) and Ryan McLeod (57th).

“It’s just a win for us – of course we have to get better and hopefully get more of them,” said Draisaitl. “We played well in the first three games and probably deserved one or two wins, but that’s how it is sometimes. We just want to get back into the game.”

Connor McDavid surpasses Wayne Gretzky

On this memorable evening in Edmonton, Connor McDavid made history by setting a record. In addition to his goal to make it 4-1, the superstar also recorded three assists and, with 32 assists in the current playoffs, surpassed the previous season record of ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, who had 31 assists in the 1988 postseason.

Game five of the final series will take place on Wednesday night in Florida. Draisaitl and his colleagues still have a chance of the Oilers’ first triumph since 1990 and the first for a Canadian team since 1993. So far, however, only one team has been able to turn around such a deficit in the Stanley Cup final: the Toronto Maple Leafs turned around a 0:3 defeat against the Detroit Red Wings in 1942.

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