Connor McDavid and Edmonton Oilers to face Florida Panthers in Stanley Cup Final; Panthers look for second consecutive title, Oilers chase their first since 1990

The Oilers advance to first Stanley Cup Final since 2006 behind solid defensive play and a potent power play.

The Oilers scored on their first power-play opportunity of the night, as captain Connor McDavid put home a rebound off a Caleb Jones shot on a 5-on-3 advantage. Edmonton would strike again later in the first on another power play, as Zach Hyman deposited a perfect feed from McDavid past Stars goalie Jake Oettinger. The Oilers' lethal power play, which scored four consecutive goals to close out the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final, was the difference maker once again and proved to be the series clincher.

McDavid, who finished the night with a goal and an assist, is set to compete in his first Stanley Cup Final in his ninth NHL season. The Oilers will face the Florida Panthers, who defeated the New York Rangers in six games to advance to the final for the second consecutive year.

Florida will be well-rested after knocking out the Rangers on Saturday, while the Oilers sealed their spot in the final on Sunday. The Panthers will be led by goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who won the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie in 2020 and is hoping to replicate his success from last season, when he backstopped Florida to the championship.

The Oilers, who accumulated 104 points during the regular season and entered the playoffs as the Pacific Division champions, will look to break their 32-year championship drought. The Panthers, who joined the NHL as an expansion franchise in 1993, have never won the Stanley Cup and are looking to become the first team since the NHL lockout to win consecutive championships.

The Panthers will be heavily favored heading into the final, given their stellar regular season and playoff run thus far. However, the Oilers have proven they can win games in various ways throughout the playoffs, bouncing back from losses and capitalizing on power-play opportunities.

Both teams will have a chance to rest and prepare for the upcoming championship series, which is set to begin on Saturday at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers will be looking to defend their title, while the Oilers will be hoping to bring the Stanley Cup back to Edmonton for the first time since 1990.

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