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Résultat de recherche d'images pour "West Ham United vs Manchester City" EDMONTON, Alberta -- Connor McDavid brought the Edmonton Oilers back from a late deficit and delivered a victory. The defending NHL MVP scored with 1:50 to play in the third period, and then won it in the shootout as the Oilers edged the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday night. "He just takes over the game when he wants to," said Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who made 30 saves. "He has that ability on any given night. In a one-goal game, that is who you want on the ice. You know he is going to do something special at some point. "He never ceases to amaze." With the Oilers trailing 1-0, McDavid ended Christopher Gibson's shutout bid when he banked a shot off of New York defenseman Brandon Davidson and into the net for his career-high 31st goal of the season. "He is such a difference maker," Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse said. "When we need a big goal, he always seems to get one. Night-in and night-out, he is making differences like that." McDavid was hooked on a breakaway three minutes into overtime and was awarded a penalty shot, but hit the post on the attempt. He made up for the miss in the shootout. "We got the win and that is all that matters," McDavid said. "It would have been nice to score on that opportunity in overtime, but we'll take the shootout win." New York's Jordan Eberle also came close in overtime, but Talbot came across to make a pad save. Thomas Hickey had the lone goal for the Islanders, who have lost eight straight -- their longest skid in more than four seasons. "It's a tough way to lose a hockey game, because for the most part we are in control and we are playing good hockey," Davidson said. "It would be nice to get on a roll, but it's tough one tonight with that bounce." The game marked the return to Edmonton for Eberle, who was dealt by the Oilers for forward Ryan Strome on June 22, 2017. There was no scoring in the first period, with the Islanders putting nine shots on Talbot and Edmonton sending seven on Gibson, who made just his second start of the season and was playing in the sixth game of his NHL career. The game remained scoreless through 40 minutes, with Edmonton taking a 22-17 edge in shots. The Islanders broke the scoreless deadlock 1:54 into the third period after the Oilers got sloppy in their own zone, allowing Hickey to get in tight and score, picking the top corner with a backhand shot for his fourth of the season. Game notes It was the second and final meeting between the teams this season. Edmonton won the first contest 2-1 win in overtime in November. ... The Islanders were missing several players, including Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Shane Prince (upper body), Calvin de Haan (upper body) and Thomas Greiss (lower body). ... Edmonton defenseman Adam Larsson returned to the lineup after missing three games while attending his father's funeral in Sweden. As we see in the NHL Power Rankings each week, there are good teams, there are bad teams and there are the St. Louis Blues. (C'mon, admit it: You have no idea, either.) But the message we want to send this week: No matter what the records are, everyone is good at something. So in this week's Power Rankings, we look at what each team (or a specific player) does best statistically, aka the Sunshine and Rainbows edition. How we rank: We use a panel of voters, and these rankings reflect which teams voters think would win head-to-head matchups. Higher-ranked teams are favored over lower-ranked teams. A run of wins doesn't guarantee a jump, and a couple of losses doesn't guarantee a fall. Have you been watching men's ice hockey at the Winter Olympics? Have you also been wondering why men's ice hockey at the Winter Olympics hasn't included a single NHL player? If your answers are "yes," then you've come to the right place for answers. The first and most obvious explanation is: The NHL players are back in the United States, playing ... in the NHL. But why? Because league commissioner Gary Bettman emphaticly nixed the league's participation in the Pyeongchang Games way back in April. That's why you may have had to familiarize yourself with the makeshift lineup assembled by late Team USA general manager Jim Johannson. Done? Good. Now let's dive into -- or at least try to dive into -- why we have to familiarize ourselves with "replacement" rosters in the first place. Here are three reasons, and first reason is simple and, if we're being honest, influences more situations than we'd care to admit. It's all about the money In its own unceasing public-relations push for a 2017-18 season absent the Olympics, the NHL tried telling fans that it was right to avoid the world's biggest athletic stage because of "the cost-benefit equation." (Anyone have any ideas why the NHL is persistently ridiculed among the major sports leagues yet?) Translated, that means the NHL did not want to lose money on sending players to the Winter Games. Business-wise, of course, that's fine and dandy, especially since the International Olympic Committee paid for NHL players' insurance during the league's debut participation in 1998, but it also alienates the views of countless fans and players, some of whom used their status as NHL icons to openly criticize Bettman's decision. Simply put, paying for players to travel to South Korea and then compete in games that may result in injury and, thus, impact the NHL's own teams, all while a North American audience holds a rather lukewarm interest in the Pyeongchang Games, was too much of a financial gamble for league executives. It's convenient Convenience is another factor here. No matter what opinion you hold regarding the NHL attempting to save some coin by holding its players back, it's undeniable that the league won't be as burdened by a nearly month-long break for the Winter Games. It could be argued, of course, that the NHL's own inability to market its best talent on national TV makes the whole "we don't want people to miss our games in February" thing a moot point, but by steering clear of Pyeongchang, the NHL is also avoiding the trouble of having to break up its regular season for at least three weeks. Now, thanks to the Olympics absence, everything will remain on schedule for the rest of the season and into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The NHL is already international For those holding out hope that the NHL isn't completely opposed to building its international following, there's also this to consider: The league is already well invested in its own global outreaches, so it didn't necessarily need to go to South Korea to tell the world it's interested in expansion. Several preseason matchups in Beijing and Shanghai were tabbed as the China Games this season, and the NHL just this week announced 2018 and 2019 games set for Germany, Sweden and Finland. When you're exploring the map on your own, why worry about the criticism that you don't care about international play?

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