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McDavid hated every second of this controversial penalty call


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Sam Jones
May 24, 2024  (10:03)
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Last night's overtime kickoff for the Oilers was nothing short of a nerve-wracking spectacle, especially with Connor McDavid at the center of the drama.

Right off the bat, McDavid was involved in a controversial high sticking incident with Matt Duchene, which initially escaped the referees' notice. Following the sequence, a conference among the officials led to McDavid receiving a double minor penalty—an intense moment that put the Oilers' penalty kill abilities to a rigorous test. Remarkably, they rose to the occasion in what was arguably the clutchest moment of the game.
The night was marked by what many felt was a lopsided officiating, heavily skewed in favor of the Dallas Stars. The Stars, penalized only once for too many men on the ice, seemed to have a relatively lenient scrutiny compared to the Oilers. The Oilers, on the other hand, faced missed calls against them with none deemed significant enough for a review, at least through the eyes of the referees who seemed convinced of the Stars' near flawless play.
The plot took a victorious turn in the second overtime when McDavid scored the game-winning goal, a redeeming strike that erased the earlier penalty woes. Post-game, McDavid was in high spirits, humorously commenting on the ordeal and his stint in the penalty box, along with an apologetic nod to the late-night audience.
»It was long. Really, really long. Miserable. I hated every second of it. But you know, the guys did an amazing job. Truthfully, the penalty kill has been amazing.» -Connor McDavid

Despite a missed opportunity in the first overtime, where Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger denied him, McDavid kept the mood light, joking about the extended playtime yet acknowledging his missed chance with a mix of humor and focus.
»Yeah, apologies to everyone for keeping them up a little bit longer. It should've gone in, has to go in. He's a good goalie, and he scrambles to make good plays, but I mean it has to go in.»

With the Oilers reclaiming home ice advantage and gearing up for a pivotal Game 2, the stakes are high as they aim to advance further, potentially marking a historic entry into the Stanley Cup Final in the McDavid era. The team's resilience and McDavid's leadership are peaking at the right moment, setting the stage for what could be a memorable playoff run.
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McDavid hated every second of this controversial penalty call

Do you think the referees benefitted the Dallas Stars last night with the penalty differential and this penalty on McDavid?

Yes, the refs were brutal4183.7 %
No, Dallas played a fully clean game48.2 %
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