Edmonton Oilers commend Connor McDavid's leadership as team fights to stay in Stanley Cup Final

Connor McDavid guided the Edmonton Oilers from a dreadful start, all the way to the playoffs and into the Stanley Cup Final.

When Darnell Nurse faced criticism in the third round for his performance, McDavid was quick to defend him. When Matthew Tkachuk, Sam Bennett, and the Florida Panthers targeted Zach Hyman and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, it was McDavid — not typically involved in post-whistle altercations — who stepped in and endured a few punches for his trouble.

“It says a lot about him as a leader,” Hyman said. “I got hit in the head by Bennett, and I think he was the first one in there.

“He sticks up for his teammates and he’s not afraid to get into a scrum.”

The 27-year-old McDavid called it just a chance to “do my part.”

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