Well, hell hath frozen over and P.J. finally won the cup. His team knocked off Chris’s Oilers in six games, and what a Game 6 it was!
The Panthers scored first in the opening frame off a Nathan MacKinnon shot to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Oilers would answer threefold in the second with goals from Hall, Palmqvist and Teravainen, and it would appear the Panthers home woes would do them in once again. Edmonton just needed to win twenty more minutes to force a Game 7 back in Edmonton.
The Panthers however would summon the ghost of Scott Mellanby and gnaw their way back into the game. MacKinnon would score his second goal of the game midway through the third to cut into the Oiler lead. With the clock ticking past 3 minutes left in the game, Jake Virtanen would knot the game at 3-3 as the home crowd erupted.
Thirteen minutes would tick by in the first overtime when Virtanen would thrust himself into Panther lore, as he would score off Evgeni Malkin’s fourth assist of the game to complete the comeback and win the Stanley Cup.
With 19 goals and 34 points over 26 games (an OSHL playoff record), Nathan MacKinnon has been awarded the Conn Smythe trophy.
Congrats to PJ and Chris on a great season.