The Edmonton Oilers were able to stave off elimination last night, taking down the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 of their opening round postseason series thanks to a 4-2 victory and setting up a winner-take-all Game 7 tomorrow night back in Edmonton.
The visiting Oilers got a particularly strong performance from forward Evander Kane, who scored twice including an empty netter to seal the victory. After the second tally, Kane taunted the crowd at Crypto.com Arena by holding up seven fingers, reminding them that he and his teammates forced Game 7.
And according to former Oilers defenseman and current analyst Ryan Whitney, superstar forward and team captain Connor McDavid wasn't exactly thrilled with Kane's actions.
“Kane was foolish to have the 7 fingers up after the Oilers sealed the game last night," Whitney wrote. "I don’t know if he meant Game 7 or that it was his 7th goal of the series. Either way, I think you can see here McDavid was bulls**t about it and I don’t blame him one bit.”
Many fans questioned Oilers GM Ken Holland when he decided to bring Kane aboard mid-season considering the fact that there's no shortage of controversies in Kane's past. However, his off-ice issues aside, Kane has performed well for the Oilers in his short time with the team.
Is Whitney simply trying to stir up some controversy, or is there a legitimate issue between McDavid and Kane? We'll find out more about it after the Oilers and Kings settle their series tomorrow night at Rogers Place.