bHe stumbled on the last step: the ice hockey star. Leon Draisaitl and the Edmonton Oilers narrowly missed the winning record in the North American Ice Hockey League (NHL). The Canadiens lost 3-1 to the defending champion Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night and left the ice as underdogs after 16 straight wins.

“Oil is over,” he headlined. nhl on your website. The Pittsburgh Penguins still hold the unmatched record of 17 consecutive successes; In the 1992/93 season the Pennsylvania team achieved it with superstars Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.

“The match had a play-off atmosphere”

“It's been a while since we lost. And sometimes you forget how much you hate defeat,” he said. Connor McDavid, Draisaitl's strike partner and scorer in Las Vegas: “Now we know it again. This match had a play-off atmosphere, there are always such close duels. “You have to grab them, we couldn’t do that.”

Edmonton had taken the lead from the start and, although outnumbered, Draisaitl set up McDavid to make it 1-0. But in the first third Vegas equalized thanks to Nicolas Roy and in the last half goals from Chandler Stephenson and William Karlsson gave the decision in favor of the locals, who had already inflicted a painful defeat on the Oilers nine months ago. : In the quarterfinals of the Play-offs, Edmonton failed to the eventual champion.

At the beginning of the current season, the Oilers got off to a bad start, but recovered and began their series shortly before Christmas. The end of the successful streak came after an unwanted pause: All-Star weekend was approaching, in fact “they would like to continue playing,” Draisaitl said beforehand; The return to everyday life of the league now brought a defeat at an inopportune time.

The Oilers missed a historic opportunity, the game is in sports Las Vegas However, initially little impact. Edmonton remains in third place in the Pacific Division with 59 points and, therefore, in a play-off place. The team also played fewer games than its direct competition. “We needed a series to get back in the race and we did it,” McDavid said: “Now we're looking forward.”