It’s hard for me to describe what I’m feeling right now. Tonight’s game between the Montréal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers was simply unreal! As a person whose true passion in life is the sport of hockey, I feel extremely fortunate that I was able to witnesses this game in person.
I’m not going to lie, the first two periods were terrible for the Oilers. One of the most intense yet frustrating atmospheres I’ve ever been a part of was developing. The Montréal Canadiens are one of the most well-supported hockey teams on earth. As expected, the fans came in droves to support their team at Rexall Place, and had good reason to cheer loud and proud after leading by three goals in the first frame. I, like many other Oilers fans, figured it was going to be a long night of getting out-cheered in our own building.
Then, Leon Draisaitl, who was called up from the American Hockey League earlier in the day, gave Oilers’ supporters a glimmer of hope, batting a puck into the net on the power-play at 19:08 of the second period. Late-period goals are known to spark hockey clubs; in this case, that certainly rang true.
The final frame of this contest was some of the most epic live hockey action I have ever witnessed. The atmosphere was electric. I have no voice and will not be able to sleep tonight. The Edmonton Oilers exploded for three goals. I knew all along that Connor McDavid was going to be a special player, one that would change the Oilers organization forever. Witnessing his skills live took things to a whole other level.
Thanks to a pair of crucial comeback-generating assists, Connor McDavid’s point streak is now at seven games. After out-muscling P.K. Subban and then using his quick hands to evade Andrei Markov, McDavid was able to spring Benoit Pouliot on a breakaway at the blue line. Pouliot came through, tying the game at 3-3 mid-way through the third. For McDavid, it was another shining example of how special he can be.
Leave it to the called-up Draisaitl, who arrived in Edmonton at 3:00 AM to play in the game, to complete the EPIC comeback! The Oilers won the game 4-3 after Draisaitl scored his second of the night off a great feed from behind the net by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with just over a minute left in the third period.
What an amazing, unbelievable night… I still cannot believe I was in the audience for this one!
Featured image credit: Andy Devlin-Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club