NHL Playoffs: Connor McDavid unhappy with Oilers defensive performance

Wednesday, 11 May 2022. 11:08

Oilers captain Connor McDavid voiced his frustration with his team’s defensive struggles after the Kings lost 5-4 in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

The Oilers were outshot 43-28 and the trouble started early as LA outshot 16-5 in the first period. Edmonton fought back from 3-1 and 4-2 deficits in the third period to tie the game 4-4. They were finally pushed to the brink when Adrian Kempe beat Mike Smith on the second shot of overtime, just over a minute into overtime.

“We scored four goals tonight. It has to be enough to win a playoff game. Clearly it is not. We have to keep the puck out of our net,” McDavid said.

Forward Leon Draisaitl scored twice in less than three minutes in the third period to force extra time, but complained about the lack of urgency to start the games.

“We have to start our games with more panache, we have to be on our legs from the start of the game. Lately it hasn’t, not even in a single game in this series. We will have to do it in game number 6,” added Draisaitl.

After dropping Game 4 of the series 4-3, the Oilers outscored the Kings 14-2 in Games 2 and 3. They then lost their stride in Game 4 in a 4-0 loss. which allowed the Kings to tie the series.

The Oilers now have no room for error in Los Angeles if they want to keep their hopes alive.

” It’s disappointing. Obviously we don’t like to lose, but it’s a seven-game series for a reason and we have to get the win on the road to get back to Edmonton for Game 7,” McDavid continued.

The series ships to LA on Thursday.