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McDavid Takes Shots At Rick Toccehet's late game decisions in the 3rd period

Published October 13, 2023 at 12:49
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In the first game of the regular season, the Edmonton Oilers were beaten 8-1 by the Vancouver Canucks.

As Connor McDavid was asked about the 3rd period during a media scrum, he was obviously upset.

«They made a few decisions in the third period that I thought were interesting,» said McDavid. «Anytime they roll out the first power-play unit, it's not ideal, not a situation we wanna be in, and obviously we don't like that.»

While holding a massive lead over the Canucks, it seemed inauspicious for McDavid that Tocchet would send out his top power-play unit.


That doesn't sound like standard NHL practice, does it? In the final ten minutes of the game, Tocchet replaced Thatcher Demko with Casey DeSmith.

«Throwing the backup goalie in with 10 minutes left, I have not seen that,» continued McDavid. «It's not like DeSmith is an [emergency backup goalie] or anything like that, so I thought that was interesting.»



It was understandable that McDavid was upset at the choices made, despite his visible reluctance to express it.

Meanwhile, he and the team must continue to push forward and win the next game.

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