Not to be denied: McDavid responds to the disallowed goal with a beauty

Not to be denied: McDavid responds to the disallowed goal with a beauty

The Calgary Flames arguably have the best team, but there’s no question who is the best player on the ice in this Alberta battle.

Coming off a four-point performance in Wednesday’s 9-6 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, Connor McDavid did everything in his power to make a similar impact in Game 2.

The Oilers lost 2-0 after just six minutes, then McDavid fed a one-handed switch to Duncan Keith, who buried him to cut the lead in half before the first intermission.

Then in the second, after the Flames took a 3-1 lead, McDavid hit a dazzling swing between the legs of Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin and headed for the net, before the puck bounced off fellow star Leon Draisaitl for a goal – only to have it disallowed for goaltender interference.

But the captain would not be denied.

Moments later, McDavid picked up the puck in the offensive zone and fended off a six-foot-five, 220-pound Nikita Zadorov hit, before powering a back-and-forth with Keith and rounding the Flames goaltender. Jacob Markstrom. It made it 3-2 and the Oilers scored again shortly after to tie before the third, before winning the game 5-3.

It’s another brilliant piece that we’re all too used to seeing from 97, but still awe-inspiring because of the volume he does it with.

With the goal, McDavid went on a remarkable run by becoming the fastest player to reach 20 playoff points in 30 years.

“The way this guy is playing right now is special,” head coach Jay Woodcroft said after the game. “He drives our team forward.”

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