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Oilers-Penguins showdown lives up to hype

The Oilers and Penguins played possibly the most exciting game of the season

by Paul Gazzola /

North-South hockey, breakaways, desperation saves, speed, elite talent…

The Edmonton Oilers versus the Pittsburgh Penguins was not reduced to Connor McDavid versus Sidney Crosby. What was possibly the most exciting game of the season for the Oilers turned even the coaches into wide-eyed viewers.

"You're in coach mode but you appreciate what's going on out there," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "It's going fast, there's a lot of skill, great plays. The energy in the building was phenomenal."

McLellan felt the booming energy in Rogers Place gave his club some jump.

"Our sixth or seventh player, if you want to call it that, in the stands helped us tonight," he said. "You could feel it on the bench and the guys got going. It was participation by everybody."

Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan thought the game's speed was the fastest he'd seen all season.

"The Pittsburgh Penguins against the Edmonton Oilers was a pretty fast-paced game and those guys (Crosby and McDavid) are obviously elite players," said Sullivan. "It was certainly one of the faster-paced games that we've played in."

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