The Edmonton Oilers have officially ended the longest active drought in the NHl and are now heading to the playoffs. It has been over a decade since the Oilers have waited to hear that announcement.
Cam Talbot made 34 saves as the Oilers qualified for the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-2006 season with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
“It’s a special feeling tonight, especially seeing how passionate the crowd was and how excited they were,” said Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “We’ve had some tough years, but it’s all worth it right now.”
Connor McDavid and Eric Gryba scored for the Oilers.
“It’s definitely special, you saw the excitement in the building,” McDavid said. “The fans are excited, we’re excited. There is a lot of work left to be done still, though.”
Talbot agreed with McDavid, the Oilers simply making it to the playoffs is just not enough.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” he said. “That is just a checkmark next to our name. It is nice that we know we are going to be playing for it, but we have another race, and that is for first place in the division.”