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McDavid beats the clock

McDavid had been beaten by time before but not in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime victory against the Panthers

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers were hemmed in their own zone with less than 10 seconds left in their 3-3 overtime showdown with the Florida Panthers when the puck found its way to Leon Draisaitl who - based on pure body language alone - was beyond fatigued but still managed to transport the puck to a cherry-picking Connor McDavid.

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Four... Wielding like a madman, it was now just the 20-year-old and James Reimer.

Three… McDavid deked, dangled and decided to go backhand, lifting a shot glove side on the Panthers netminder.

Two… Reimer snatched the biscuit but his glove appeared to be past the goal line.

After a review of the play and with the help of conclusive video evidence, the buzzer-beater was ruled a goal. Reimer's catcher was behind the goal line when he caught the puck.

Hearts beating, Oil Country could gasp a sigh of relief. The Oilers took the game 4-3 with only 2.6 seconds left.

"I thought it went in just because he was already in his net, basically," said the sophomore Oiler, who's had conflicts with pucks crossing goal lines in the waning seconds of a game. "The refs did a good job and the guys back in Toronto did a good job of being able to find the clear shot of it."

It happened in the 2015-16 season with 5.1 seconds left against the Los Angeles Kings. Jonathan Quick's mitt didn't reveal whether the puck crossed the line or not. The play was ruled no goal.

It happened again this year versus the Arizona Coyotes. McDavid was fed a pass with less than a second left in overtime, releasing a shot before the horn sounded. The puck crossed the line but just a millisecond after the buzzer went. That one wouldn't count either.

Finally, after beating a number of defenders, goalies and teams so far in his young career, McDavid can say he beat the clock, too.

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