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Draisaitl and Edmonton Oilers in the NHL Finals – Sports

Draisaitl and Edmonton Oilers in the NHL Finals – Sports

Flanked by German ice hockey extraordinaire Leon Draisaitl, the Edmonton Oilers have reached the NHL Finals. The Canadian national team won its sixth game in the semifinal series over the Dallas Stars with a score of 2-1 (2-0, 0-0, 0-1) on Sunday evening, to secure the Western Conference title. The Cologne native has been active with the Oilers since 2014 and will now play in the Stanley Cup Finals series for the first time. The Canadian team last appeared in the NHL Finals in the 2005/2006 season.

“We always knew what a good team we really were,” Draisaitl said of reaching the final. “We've put in a lot of work and overcome some adversity. We've been through a lot of ups and downs this season.” So the Oilers got off to a false start, winning just two of their first 11 games this season and replacing their coach. The turnaround came under new coach Kris Knoblauch. After Toronto (1958/59) and St. Louis (2018/19), Edmonton is only the third team in NHL history to reach the final series, although they were ten points out of a playoff spot in the main round. “We have a lot of painful years behind us,” Draisaitl said. “To now have a chance to win a Stanley Cup is great.”

Recent opponent the Florida Panthers lost the series finale to Las Vegas last year

In the sixth confrontation with the Stars, the Oilers led 2-0 after the first period. After a good four minutes, Draisaitl set up captain Connor McDavid on the power play to take the lead. Zach Hyman was also successful on the power play. Edmonton goalkeeper Stuart Skinner only had to get behind himself midway through the final third and save 34 shots on goal.

In the final series, the Oilers will face the Florida Panthers, who reached the Finals last season and lost to the Vegas Golden Knights. The Panthers also won 4-2 over the New York Rangers in the semifinals. With a better record in the main round, Florida has home-field advantage; The first match will be held next Saturday at sunrise.