The Dallas Stars managed to hold Connor McDavid off the scoresheet for the first time this season in a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
The Oilers captain is off to a phenomenal start to the season, having recorded at least one point in each of the first 17 games of the Alberta team. That streak came to an end on Tuesday, however, as he was shut out in a regular season game for the first time since April 29.
In 17 games, McDavid has already amassed 12 goals and 20 assists on his scoreboard.
The Stars went to great lengths to keep the Oilers at bay by taking the lead in the first period. The power play was effective, as in five minutes Roope Hintz and Jason Robertson found the back of the net while an Oilers player found himself in the penalty box.
Denis Gurianov faked Stuart Skinner in the second half to score his team’s third goal.
Leon Draisaitl was able to get a point in this match by passing the disc to Ryan McLeod who beat Jake Oettinger halfway in the match. Luke Glendening gave the Stars a three-goal priority in the third period by redirecting a Ryan Suter point shot.
From that moment on, the main focus was on whether McDavid’s streak would end. The forward came very close to registering for the mark, as in the closing seconds of the game, a powerful receiving pitch hit the horizontal bar. Going back to the last season, this is the first time in 25 games that McDavid hasn’t scored any points in a game.
Oettinger turned back 21 pucks in the win and Skinner made 29 saves on his side. The Oilers lost to defenseman Duncan Keith in the game with an upper body injury.