This is one of the most depressing hockey press conferences you’ll ever see.
Edmonton Oilers’ superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl looked absolutely dejected after their team suffered a deflating loss to Winnipeg in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Edmonton blew a 4-1 lead and lost 5-4 to the Jets in overtime. Nikolaj Ehlers scored the OT winner.
Nikolaj Ehlers OT winner. My goodness. pic.twitter.com/HuSZh9qGTN
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 24, 2021
The Oilers now trail the Jets 3-0 in their North Division playoff series. McDavid and Draisaitl were forced to answer questions from the media following the loss. It’s one of the saddest interviews we’ve seen.
McDavid and Draisaitl both looked like they didn’t want to be there at all. And you can’t blame them. On a couple occasions, Draisaitl responded with “I don’t know what you want me to say.” One of McDavid’s answers was “We’re not gonna roll over and play dead on these guys.”
It certainly didn’t help that one reporter brought up Edmonton losing to Anaheim during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In Game 5 of that series, the Ducks scored three goals in the final 3:16 of regulation to erase Edmonton’s 3-0 lead and win 4-3 in OT. Corey Perry score the OT winner and the Ducks took the series in seven games.
Here’s the full McDavid and Draisaitl post-game presser after the Oilers’ shocking loss to the Jets in Game 3.
Draisaitl & McDavid speak following tonight's Game 3 loss in overtime. pic.twitter.com/1QdWyEQMyf
— x – Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 24, 2021
McDavid and Draisaitl actually turned in big performances in Game 3 despite the loss. Draisaitl scored twice, while McDavid had three assists.The two superstars were held off the scoresheet in the opening two games of the series.
With a huge 3-0 series deficit, the Oilers are now on track for a second consecutive shocking playoff exit. They lost in four games to the Chicago Blackhawks during the qualifying round of the 2020 Return-to-Play. The last (and only) time McDavid and Draiastil have made it out of the first round was 2017.
Draisaitl said in his press conference that four goals should be enough to win a playoff game. Whether you want to blame it on goalie Mike Smith or the lack of support behind the two superstars, it’s looking like another early playoff exit for Edmonton.