June 23, 2024

Stars vs. Oilers scores: Edmonton advances to Stanley Cup Final as Connor McDavid, goaltending come up big

The Edmonton Oilers are headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 18 years after their Game 6 win over the Dallas Stars. Things got a little tight late, but the host Oilers held on for a 2-1 victory to clinch the Western Conference Final.

Edmonton’s best player rose to the occasion early as Connor McDavid opened the scoring after dancing around Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen and flipped a backhand shot past Jake Oettinger. Later in the period, McDavid floated a perfect pass onto the stick of Zach Hyman, who ripped a snapshot home to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead. That assist was McDavid’s league-leading 31st point of the playoffs.

The last two games of this series, both wins for the Oilers, were really decided by special teams. After struggling for most of the series, Edmonton’s power play finally came alive with a combined four goals in Games 5 and 6.

The Dallas power play, on the other hand, failed to convert on a single one of its 14 opportunities. The Stars held the Oilers to 10 shots in Game 6, but their complete inability to generate anything on the man advantage is what sunk them down the stretch in this series. Mason Marchment got the Stars on the board midway through the third period, but they couldn’t find the equalizer.

The other story of Game 6 was Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner, who was benched for two games in the previous round. There were major questions about him heading into the Western Conference Final, however, he saved 34 of 35 shot on Sunday, and he played huge in the last three games, allowing a total of only four goals over those three contests.

Dallas Stars vs. Edmonton Oilers results

Keep it locked here with CBS Sports for updates, analysis and highlights as the NHL prepares for the Stanley Cup Final between the Edmonton Oilers and the Florida Panthers. Game 1 will be Saturday, June 8.