EDMONTON, AB - Connor McDavid entered the Oilers Hall of Fame room at Rogers Place on Sunday morning for his end-of-season media availability with a smile on his face and without the support of crutches.
It was a stark contrast to roughly 14 hours earlier when the captain's left leg collided viciously with the goalpost at Scotiabank Saddledome on a play where he was clocked skating at 42 kilometres per hour by the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
"I was just worried to stand up, I thought my leg was going to give away," McDavid said of the pile-up with Flames defenceman and fellow captain Mark Giordano that left him lying next to the end boards, clutching his injured appendage.
"If I'm being completely honest, I thought my leg was in two pieces when I was sitting on the ice. Thankfully the bone is OK and thankfully I was able to get up and with a lot of help I was able to get off."
McDavid exited the game and immediately had X-rays at the Saddledome, which came back negative. His MRI to further examine the extent of the injury was scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
"I had X-rays and we tested the ligaments in the knee as best we could," he said. "It seems to be fairly positive right now. I'm going to go for an MRI in a little bit here and figure out more."
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McDavid said he doesn't fault Giordano for the collision, saying the potential Norris Trophy winner was simply "trying to make a play on the puck". He added Giordano found him after the game to apologize for the incident and wish him well.
One of the greatest strengths of the two-time defending Art Ross and Ted Lindsay award-winner's game is his ability to blow past defenders with his other-worldly speed and slash to the net for scoring opportunities. Despite last night's scare, he said he has absolutely no intention of changing his arsenal.
"They pay me $100 million to play my game," McDavid laughed. "Part of my game is beating guys wide and going to the net. I'll have to give my money back if I stop doing that, so I'm not doing that."