Connor McDavid, take a bow.
McDavid scored one of the greatest hockey goals of all time Friday evening against the New York Rangers. With Edmonton trailing 5-4 late in the game, McDavid skated through four members of the Rangers to tie the game in incredible fashion.
The sequence started in the neutral zone when McDavid looped back at the center line as he waited for his teammates to get onside. As he approached the Rangers’ blueline, McDavid quickly turned on the jets for a ridiculous zone entry.
McDavid stickhandled the puck through Rangers’ players Kevin Rooney, Dryden Hunt, Jacob Trouba and Patrick Nemeth before deking out goalie Alexander Georgiev to tie the game. The Oilers’ captain looked like he couldn’t believe what just happened.
Connor McDavid good lord pic.twitter.com/U4h9k4hM9i
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 6, 2021
McDavid’s face afterward says it all:
Literally all of us when he did that: pic.twitter.com/Fh5QfDaXOC
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 6, 2021
The Oilers went on to win the game 6-5 in overtime thanks to a goal by Leon Draisaitl. Edmonton is 9-0-1 to begin the season — their best start in franchise history.
McDavid was humble in his post-game press conference as usual. Reporters asked him about the goal and deciding to go 1-on-4 vs the Rangers. “I’m paid to score big goals. I’m paid to do that type of stuff. Just doing my job”, McDavid said.
McDavid’s incredible goal was the talk of social media all night Friday. Many are already calling it the Goal of the Year. Here’s some of the social media reaction to McDavid’s magic against the Rangers:
Just wow! What a goal. This face tells you just how good the goal was if you didn’t see it…And he was initially mad he lost it at the blue line…incredible! pic.twitter.com/AFN7H5O6fS
— Cassie Campbell-Pascall (@CassieCampbell) November 6, 2021
CONNOR MCDAVID GOAL OF THE YEAR 🤯🤯🤯
— theScore (@theScore) November 6, 2021
Connor McDavid, holy mama. Goal of the year. Ridiculous!
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 6, 2021
Connor McDavid needs to be called up to a league that doesn't exist
— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) November 6, 2021
McDavid’s goal against New York immediately becomes a contender for his greatest goal ever. Prior to Friday, McDavid’s best goal of all time arguably came against the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2016. You can debate which one is better.
McDavid has opened the season with a 10-game point streak. He ranks second in the NHL scoring race (behind Draisaitl) with eight goals and 22 points. There’s simply no one like McDavid in the game right now.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all from Connor McDavid, the 24-year-old phenom does something that blows the minds of hockey fans across the globe.