One of the interesting things about the Edmonton Oilers’ 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night was the fact that Oiler Zach Hyman had just scored his first hat-trick of his NHL career. Actually, he didn’t. Instead, a successful challenge by Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan to blow for offside denied the goal and left Hyman on the bench with two goals instead of three. Obviously, it’s disappointing for the Oilers freshman, who has become a brilliant sidekick to Oilers captain Connor McDavid.
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It’s been a tough game for the Oilers, and it looks like the Penguins will come back and take over the game in phase three. Edmonton keeper Mikko Koskinen, however, held the fort and kept his team going. In addition, the Oilers scored the third goal to go one ahead. Then it seemed that the Oilers’ fortunes turned, they were on the verge of victory.
When the Penguins pulled their goalkeeper with only about three minutes left in this competition, the Penguins were taking on the Penguins with the human advantage. However, as usual, they were able to turn the tide with the Penguins, block the pass and break the ice.
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In that sequence, Oilers captain Connor McDavid broke into two-on-one with Hyman on the right. Every Oiler fan knows that McDavid wants to hand the rights over to Hyman. However, for a passer as good as McDavid, he simply couldn’t find his winger with the jab that could have completed the hat-trick just robbed by Hyman earlier. McDavid had no choice but to score a goal into his own net to ensure victory for his team.
When McDavid returned to his bench, he didn’t flash a smile. Apparently he worked hard to get the ticket for Hyman; However, it is clear that he cannot. He had no choice but to score goals himself. He went all the business.
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McDavid was very disappointed when he couldn’t help Hyman score a hat trick. You can see it on his face. He saw what that hat trick meant to his teammates.
That fact reveals two things about McDavid as a leader. First, he thinks about his teammates. He saw Hyman’s reaction when he got his first hat trick of his career. Sadly, that response was dropped. And, as a teammate and team leader, he wants his teammates to receive those compliments.
Second, he knows the importance of the game and wins it. He wasn’t about to mess with trying out some pretty game that might or might not work. Such messing can easily backfire and cause the Penguins to score in the other direction. He wasn’t about to take that chance. He had no choice but to score the goal himself.
McDavid shows the signs of a true leader
In those two acts, (a) a concern for his teammates’ success and (b) a desire to ensure victory in the game, McDavid demonstrated two important qualities for a good NHL team leader. He’s captain for a reason, and he showed it last night during that third time.
Edmonton Oilers are lucky to have him as their team captain. And not because he is simply the best hockey player in the world. It’s also because he’s one of the best leaders in the NHL.
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