BREAKING NEWS! Connor McDavid is human. He is capable of making a mistake.
Friday night in Edmonton, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin enters the offensive zone and takes a slap shot on Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot. The puck hits Talbot and dribbles off the netminder towards the open net.
McDavid makes the initial kick-save…
… but the puck goes right into the leg pad of Talbot as he’s turning around. It ricochets quickly and just nearly misses McDavid’s skate before heading into the net.
The goal is credited as unassisted to Malkin for his 32nd of the year.
You can put The Chosen One in Edmonton, but sometimes you can’t wash the Oil off The Chosen One.
As the great philosopher Harry Dunne once said:
Redeem himself McDavid did.
With about seven minutes to go and the Edmonton Oilers down 2-1, the captain led the Oilers on the power play to the game tying goal.
McDavid passes to Leon Draisaitl who shoots on net. The rebound goes out at a weird yet seemingly perfect angle for McDavid as he hammers it home.
The Oilers and Penguins would take it to overtime.
About midway through, Draisaitl gets an incredible stretch pass from near the Edmonton net to McDavid at the edge of the neutral zone.
McDavid in all alone on Marc-Andre Fleury gets a bit too fancy before Fleury makes the save.
Sadly, the game went on to the shootout. Sidney Crosby scored and it was up to McDavid to keep the Oilers in it.
This time in one-on-one with Fleury, McDavid doesn’t miss.
If the next shooter for the Pens scored the game would be over. That next shooter was Phil Kessel and he rang it off the back bar.
Penguins win 3-2.