STANLEY CUP – Tonight, the Oilers have no room for error

STANLEY CUP – Tonight, the Oilers have no room for error
STANLEY CUP – Tonight, the Oilers have no room for error

Connor McDavid and the Oilers return to Rogers Place to face Matthew Tkachuk and the Panthers, who will attempt to tie the franchise record for longest winning streak and take a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series for the fifth time in club history. Tkachuk, whose key defensive play helped prevent a McDavid breakaway goal in Game 2, knows the Stanley Cup Final spotlight shines on both sides of the 49th parallel as he prepares for the first finals matches in Canada in front of a full arena since 2011.

  • McDavid and Tkachuk faced off 19 times in Edmonton, including 17 times in the “Battle of Alberta” when Tkachuk played with the Flames. This rivalry includes five playoff games (two to Rogers Place) in the 2022 second round, a series that began with a Tkachuk hat trick in an unforgettable 9-6 thriller in Game 1. McDavid (3-9-12) and Leon Draisaitl (2-15-17) combined for 29 points in the series and teamed up on the decisive overtime goal in Game 5 that eliminated their provincial rivals in what was Tkachuk’s final game with Calgary.
  • Tkachuk isn’t the only Florida player who knows what it’s like to be part of one of hockey’s most famous rivalries – his teammates Sam Bennett And Ryan Lomberg also skated with Tkachuk for the Flames. Bennett opened the series with 11 hits, the most in a Stanley Cup Final game since Game 2 of the 2022 Finals (Darren Helm : 12) and has scored a point in seven of his last eight games, including an active streak of five points in five games.
  • McDavid and the Oilers will look to end the winning streak and turn things around at home. Much like the last time a Stanley Cup Final game was played in Canada, 2011 was also the last time a team overcame a 2–0 series final deficit to win the Cup Stanley. Edmonton will try to start a comeback by winning the third game at Rogers Place, where the team has 6 wins and 3 losses since the start of the season.
SKINNER AT HOME IN EDMONTON

In the third match, the goalkeeper Stuart Skinnera native of Edmonton, will try to help his hometown club earn its first Stanley Cup Final victory since 2006. He will take his place in net opposite the Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovskywho allowed only two goals to his opponents in the last 180:50 minutes of play.

  • Born in Edmonton, Skinner was seven years old the last time the Oilers appeared in the Stanley Cup Final. He has the chance to become the third Alberta-born goaltender to win a final game for the Oilers or Flames. Alberta-born goaltenders are 42-38 all-time in the championship series, including a 13-4 record in the province – Grant Fuhr (Spruce Grove, Alta., 14-5 with EDM) and Mike Vernon (Calgary, Alta., 5-6 with CGY) accounted for 30 of 80 total decisions, including 17 for final games played in the province (Fuhr: 10-1; Vernon: 3-3).
  • The number of Alberta-born goaltenders who have appeared in the Stanley Cup Final doesn’t even reach double digits, with Skinner and Fuhr the only ones to play in the series for Edmonton. The last of this group to have won in the final for a club is Chris Osgood with the Red Wings in Game 5 of the 2009 Finals in Detroit.
  • Bobrovsky has allowed two goals or fewer in five straight games – including one or a shutout in each of his last three games – and 15 times overall this season. The 35-year-old two-time Vezina Trophy winner, who entered the NHL as an undrafted free agent in 2010/2011, has seven appearances in the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs in which he allowed one goal or less – including the two so far in the final where he stopped all 35 shots against in the second and third periods (16 in P2, 19 in P3).
  • Only a dozen goalies in NHL history have allowed three or fewer goals in the first three games of a Stanley Cup Final (including Clint Benedict twice). The only active goalkeeper to have achieved this feat is Jonathan Quickin 2012, who won the Conn Smythe Cup and Trophy (3 GA in 3 GP).
RODRIGUES’ GREAT PERFORMANCE

After scoring three times in 17 games in the conference finals, Evan Rodrigues tied that number in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final – tied for the most goals scored by a player in the first two career games of a Final in the last 91 years. During this same period, the most goals scored by a player in their first three career final appearances is four, achieved by Jake Guentzel (2017), Steve Payne (nineteen eighty one), Denis Potvin (1980) and Rod Gilbert (1972).

  • Before Rodrigues, the last player to score at least three goals in the Finals after scoring three or fewer goals in the playoffs up to that point was Corey Perry in 2020 with the Stars (2 G in CF, 3 G in FPS).

BOUCHARD CLIMBED IN THE HIERARCHY

Evan Bouchard had an assist in Game 2 to become the undisputed leader among active defenders in passing in a single postseason, collecting his 22nd assist to pass Cale Makar (21 in 2022). He is only preceded by Paul Coffey (25 in 1985), his assistant coach, as well as by Al MacInnis (24 in 1989) and Brian Leetch (23 in 1994) on the all-time list.

  • In addition to being the NHL’s leading defenseman in goals (6; tie), assists (22) and points (28) this season, Bouchard took 30 shots that NHL EDGE recorded from over 90 miles away. time. Bouchard entered the Finals with 22 90+ mph shots, but he’s recorded eight so far against the Panthers (by far the most of any player in this series) and he set a new record for just one season since tracking began in 2019-20 (beating Victor Hedman: 22 in 2022).

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