CAN OILERS BE 1ST CANADIAN TEAM TO WIN CUP IN 31 YEARS? WATCH!

By Jenny Masters

Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist in the opening period, Stuart Skinner stopped 34 shots and the Oilers capped an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final by beating the Dallas Stars 2-1.

Zach Hyman also scored — like McDavid, on a first-period power play — and Evan Bouchard had two assists for the Oilers, who won the Western Conference finals in six games and will play for the Cup for the first time since 2006.

Edmonton now heads to Florida to face the Panthers in Game 1; the series is set to open Saturday night. At 2,540 miles between Edmonton and Sunrise, Florida, it’s the longest distance between Stanley Cup Final opponents in NHL history.

The Panthers opened as -125 favorites to win the Cup at ESPN BET, with the Oilers underdogs at +105.

Edmonton is the first Canadian team to make the Final in a non-COVID-19-affected season since the 2011 Vancouver Canucks. The last Canadian team to win the Cup was the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.

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