McDavid breaks Gretzky record as Edmonton stays alive in Stanley Cup Final

The Edmonton Oilers showed incredible resilience in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, roaring back from a 3-0 series deficit with a resounding 8-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. This blowout win not only kept their championship hopes alive but also etched their name in franchise history.

Matching a franchise record for most goals in a single Stanley Cup Final game, the Oilers’ offensive outburst echoed their 8-3 triumph in the clinching game of the 1985 series. Though falling just short of the NHL record of nine goals in a Final game, their performance was nothing short of spectacular.


Edmonton seized control early, establishing their first multi-goal lead of the series by the end of the first period with a commanding 3-1 advantage. They never looked back, extending their lead throughout the night.

Connor McDavid, the Oilers’ talisman, ignited the scoring in the second period with his first goal of the series, followed by a flurry of three consecutive assists. His fourth point of the night not only contributed to the team’s victory but also surpassed Wayne Gretzky’s record for most assists in a single postseason, now tallying an impressive 32 assists through 22 games.

Dylan Holloway also starred with a standout performance, netting two goals and adding an assist. The depth of the Oilers’ lineup was evident as 15 of their 18 skaters recorded at least one point in the game.

In goal, Stuart Skinner shone brightly, turning away 32 of the 33 shots he faced, showcasing a stellar performance when it mattered most. Conversely, Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky struggled, allowing five goals on just 16 shots before being replaced in the second period.

With their backs against the wall, the Oilers’ emphatic win forces a return trip to Florida for Game 5, where the Panthers will aim to close out the series on their home ice.

While history favors the Panthers with a 3-0 series lead, the Oilers remain undaunted, knowing that only once in Stanley Cup Final history has a team overcome such a deficit — the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs. Edmonton now sets its sights on replicating that historic comeback, needing three more victories to achieve the improbable.


Panthers vs. Oilers final score

1 2 3 F
Panthers 1 0 0 1
Oilers 3 3 2 8