In case you weren’t paying attention over the last 24 hours, Edmonton Oilers superstar, and the face of the NHL these days, Connor McDavid did it again. The NHL regular season isn’t even a month old, and the 25-year-old reigning Hart Trophy winner scored what will undoubtedly be the goal of the season as he dangled through four New York Rangers defenders for the game-tying goal in the closing minutes of the third period.
Holy crap…that is video game stuff pic.twitter.com/sYVeSYNItF
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) November 6, 2021
It was Bobby Orr-like in the way that McDavid circled and regrouped in the neutral zone while waiting for two of his teammates to clear the offensive zone before he attacked right down the heart of New York’s defense. Naturally it had a seismic impact on the social media world and hockey twitter.
Oh my god Connor McDavid.. pic.twitter.com/sHpK8s1aE7
— Spittin’ Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) November 6, 2021
Even Connor McDavid can’t believe the goals he scores sometimes. pic.twitter.com/8X9xGWqiTG
— BarDown (@BarDown) November 6, 2021
Watching the video again, you can see a couple of areas where things went truly wrong with the Blueshirts: Kevin Rooney didn’t even make an attempt to break up McDavid’s momentum in a half-hearted effort, and there were two Rangers skaters fighting to get off the ice and change as McDavid was circling the kill.
It’s pretty clear that Gerard Gallant still has some work to do after watching the Rangers meltdown in the closing minutes of a one-goal game they couldn’t protect. But fell credit to the dominant McDavid for another electrifying score as he’s got a ridiculous eight goals and 22 points in 10 games for the Oilers this season.
Now on to the rest of the BHN Puck Links, which aren’t nearly as dazzling:
*Professional crap-talkers on the Boston sports talk radio scene should learn that one thing you can never, ever question is Patrice Bergeron’s heart. So, so stupid to do so. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Speaking of the B’s captain, here’s a fantastic story from his junior hockey days about the very beginnings of the Patrice Bergeron story. (Toronto Observer)
*Aliaksee Protas is getting his shot with the Washington Capitals due to injuries and he’s hoping that he can run with it. (Washington Hockey Now)
*The “will he or won’t he play” issue isn’t going anywhere with Tyler Bertuzzi as his vaccination choice continues to make life very difficult for the Detroit Red Wings. Selfish, selfish thing he’s doing and it’s on Detroit management for going along with it. (Detroit Hockey Now)
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Adrian Dater has the details on Jack Eichel thinking that he was going to the Colorado Avalanche instead of the Vegas Golden Knights. (Colorado Hockey Now)
*So why in the NHL world did the New York Islanders trade the rights to Johnny Boychuk, who has already essentially retired due to an eye injury? (NYI Hockey Now)
*William Nylander has been Toronto’s best through the first 10 games of the season as the Maple Leafs have finally found their footing. (Toronto Hockey Now)
*The Ottawa Senators made a great choice in going with Brady Tkachuk as the captain to take them into a phase where they should start being competitive given the talent around them.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) November 5, 2021
*For something completely different: This whole Aaron Rodgers thing is like something out of an Onion article. What a clown. (CNN)