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Oilers’ Connor McDavid beats Stars in eventful overtime

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Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid had to sweat out a four-minute penalty in the first overtime on Thursday night and later missed a golden opportunity to finish the game.

He didn’t miss in the second overtime.

McDavid redirected an Evan Bouchard pass past Jake Oettinger 32 seconds into the second overtime to give the Oilers a 3–2 win against the Dallas Stars and a 1–0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.

The goal, just McDavid’s third of the playoffs with 20 assists, capped a busy overtime period for the Oilers captain. He was robbed by Oettinger with about five minutes left in the first overtime. The Stars goalkeeper waited for him and made a stick save.

“Apologies to everyone for keeping everyone awake for a while,” McDavid told TNT after the match. “It should have gone in. It should have gone in. He is a good goalkeeper and he recovered, made a good move, but that has to go in.”

To even get to that point, the Oilers had to kill a four-minute penalty to McDavid on high-ranked Matt Duchene of Dallas. The Stars had five shots and hit two posts on that power play in early overtime.

“It took a really long time. Miserable,” McDavid told reporters. “I hated every second of it, but the guys did a great job. The penalty kill was just amazing (best in the league 92.5%) and to get in there for four minutes against a really good power play, that’s possible.” I don’t give those guys enough credit.”

The Stars have now lost the opener of seven consecutive series, although this hasn’t hurt them this year. They overcame a 2-0 deficit against the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round and a 1-0 deficit against the Colorado Avalanche in the second round.

The Oilers are further ahead than where they were in their last Western Conference appearance, when they were swept by the Avalanche in 2022.

Edmonton’s stars gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead in the second period. Leon Draisaitl scored for a point in every game this postseason, and Zach Hyman didn’t give up a puck after McDavid’s pass was broken up. Hyman regained possession and beat Oettinger for his league-leading twelfth playoff goal.

Dallas’ Tyler Seguin also didn’t give up a puck to get the Stars back into the game. Jamie Benn pushed Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner out of position after an Edmonton giveaway and slid the puck across the crease. Seguin battled defenseman Brett Kulak and took a few shots before scoring.

Seguin forced overtime with 3:23 left in the third period when Jason Robertson’s shot was deflected by Evgenii Dadonov into Seguin, who had a wide open shot.

Oettinger had to make a big save when Edmonton’s Dylan Holloway had a breakaway on the next shift.

Stars’ Roope Hintz is closing in on his return

Edmonton and Dallas had the same lineups as their second-round clinching matches. Top forward Roope Hintz was out again with an upper-body injury, but coach Peter DeBoer said he is close to returning.

If Hintz can play in Game 2 on Saturday, it could help the Stars as they once again try to rally from a 1-0 series deficit.