Connor McDavid blames the hockey gods for their Game 1 loss to the Panthers

Tyler Ball
June 9, 2024  (12:44)

Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid speaking to the media after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
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During his post-game interviews after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Connor McDavid was asked why the team lost and had a surprising answer blaming the hockey gods.

The Edmonton Oilers had one of the most frustrating first games in the Stanley Cup Finals in recent memory. Despite heavily outshooting the Florida Panthers the Edmonton Oilers came up short falling to 0-1 in the series due to the incredible play of Sergei Bobrovsky.
Sergei Bobrovsky just had, without a doubt, one of the greatest single game performances by an athlete in South Florida sports history
After the game, Connor McDavid had to face the media. He was asked what went wrong for the team despite outplaying the Panthers for most of the game. In his answer, Connor McDavid suggested it was the work of the hockey gods.
Maybe it was the hockey gods getting us back for that Game 6, said McDavid, briefly forcing a smile. You know where we probably didn't deserve to win.

Tonight maybe we deserved at least one goal, maybe two goals, and we don't find a way to get them.
Even though the Edmonton Oilers could not find a way to win they did play incredibly well for most of the game. This should give the team confidence that they can get back in the series and set the tone in Game 2. If the Oilers fail to find their finishing touch in the second game of the series it could lead to the Oilers being on the ropes.
Game 2 is scheduled for Monday, June 10th at 8 pm. This will be the stage for Connor McDavid and the rest of his squad to get back in the good graces of the hockey gods and back in the win column.