WATCH: Which Connor McDavid goal was the best?
Few players have the revolutionary ability of Connor McDavid. In the blink of an eye, he can turn the tables in favor of his Edmonton Oilers.
Once again, McDavid put this skill to the test.
Thursday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets was no different. He received a pass from defenseman Cody Cela exiting the Oilers’ zone and after a few short strides, he eliminated Jets forward Adam Lowry’s smallest skating error and cut down the center of the ice.
Going on the offensive, he immediately challenged Lowry as well as defensemen Dylan DeMelo and Logan Stanley. A quick movement made him bounce to Stanley’s right as he swayed through the line and McDavid headed straight for Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck covering the puck on his blocker.
The most impressive part? It occurred in the back half of the third period 34 seconds after the Jets broke a 0-0 tie.
connor mcdavid with some absolute fifths and this game is related to 1 pic.twitter.com/y0AY2tW4yb
– zach laing (@zjlaing) November 19, 2021
connor mcdavid with the goal of the year and it’s a 5-5 game in edmonton! pic.twitter.com/ErPUvM4ZXQ
– zach laing (@zjlaing) November 6, 2021
“He’s a pretty special player. You can put it with a handful of guys in the league who are dominant like that, ”Oilers head coach Dave Tippett said Thursday night. “I had the chance to play for a year with Mario Lemieux, and you saw things like that from him.
“What makes him amazing is the timing with which (McDavid) does it. Two of his scoring goals this year are ultimately important goals. That’s exactly what he’s doing.
That other timely goal came just two weeks before when he danced the New York Rangers to send the tie at 5 and send it to overtime.
He carried the puck through the neutral zone, making a quick and swift cut through the middle of the ice, right where four Ranger defensemen were standing. It only took three moves with the puck on his stick to pierce all four before faking a forehand and sliding the puck to his backhand where he beat Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev.
Both goals were incredibly impressive not for the moves he made, but for the playing time he did so.
So you are asked: which lens was the best?
Zach Laing is Chief News Officer and Senior Columnist for the Nation Network. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or contactable by email at [email protected]