Highlight Night by Connor McDavid Extends 2024 Stanley Cup Finals

Connor McDavid highlight-reel assist to Corey Perry

The Edmonton Oilers will head back home for Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals, powered by a highlight filled four-point night from Connor McDavid. We are witnessing greatness. The Oilers went on to beat Florida 5-3, keeping their championship hopes alive. They are the 4th team ever to force a Game Six in the Cup Finals after trailing 3-0.

The highlight of the game came in the second period, as McDavid expertly navigated through the Panthers’ defense and set up Corey Perry for a perfect tap-in. Following the game, Perry said, “that’s why he’s the best player in the world.”

How Many NHL Teams Have Come Back from a 3-0 Deficit in Series?

Despite the momentum, the Oilers face a formidable challenge. Only four teams in NHL history have come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs, out of 210 teams that have been down 3-0. Just 1.90% of the time. The Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942 are the only team to accomplish this in the Finals. This rare feat hasn’t happened as often as one might expect. Oilers fans are hoping for some historical regression to the mean. Simply put, assuming a 50/50 chance between two teams, a basic calculation will show the probability of winning four straight games and overcoming a 3-0 deficit at 6.25%. The NHL betting market has also reflected a likelihood similar to this, rather than what has been historically observed.

McDavid Continues to Break Records and Make NHL History

Connor McDavid’s postseason has been nothing short of historic. In Game Five, he set the record for the most points in a single NHL postseason, surpassing the legendary Wayne Gretzky. McDavid continues to add to his tally. These highlight-reel plays will be remembered for years to come. McDavid is now just four points behind Wayne Gretzky‘s all-time single playoff points record. This further solidifies his legacy as one of the NHL’s all-time greats.

Connor McDavid 2024 NHL Playoffs points record

Connor McDavid has given us several career-best highlight plays throughout the playoffs. His incredible goal against Dallas to send Edmonton to the Stanley Cup Finals remains another.

The Oilers are now just two wins away from making history. Their performance in Game Five has given fans a glimmer of hope. With McDavid leading the charge, anything seems possible. The team’s resilience and determination have been on full display. They will look to carry this momentum back to Edmonton.

The stage is set for an exhilarating Game Six in Edmonton. The Oilers, backed by their passionate fanbase, will aim to extend the series and keep their championship dreams alive. McDavid’s heroics have been the catalyst for their resurgence. His record-breaking performances have further solidified his case as the best player in NHL history.

After the game, McDavid said, “I love playing in the playoffs. I love playing with this group. It’s been a fun ride and we’re glad it’s going to go one more day. But that’s all we’ve earned here: Another day, another flight. We’ll be ready to go in Edmonton on Friday.”

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