For all the deserved shine Connor McDavid gets, the Edmonton Oilers have arguably (inarguably?) the second-best player in all of hockey in Leon Draisaitl. This man is widely considered the most devastating passer of the puck in the NHL, yet has also scored 107 goals over the past two regular seasons.
With the Oilers on the ropes early on Wednesday night, Draisaitl delivered a physics-defying goal just before the end of the first period. Dude was not only behind the goal line — he was almost touching the goalie trapezoid before he banked it in off Laurent Brossoit to cut Edmonton's deficit to 3-2 against the Golden Knights. In fact, it was McDavid who fed Draisaitl to open Game 1's scoring in Vegas:
That No. 1 power play unit is already paying dividends in this one. Freaking lethal with that one-timer, Draisaitl is. Apparently I'm typing like Yoda for this brief chunk of bloggage.
What an effort by the Golden Knights to edge out the Oilers for the Pacific Division crown by only two points. Hell of a bounce-back from missing the playoffs last year. That said, I know who I'm cheering for and I ain't ashamed to admit it. Hockey is better when Draisaitl and McDavid are going deep in the postseason. It'll take more than well wishing for Edmonton to advance, though. Stealing one of the next two matchups on the road would be huge, as the Golden Knights had an NHL-low seven losses in regulation away from home.