Stars vs. Oilers scores: Edmonton advances to Stanley Cup final thanks to Connor McDavid and goaltenders

The Edmonton Oilers are headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 18 years after their Game 6 win over the Dallas Stars. Things got a little close late, but the host Oilers held on for a 2-1 victory to clinch the Western Conference final.

Edmonton’s best player rose to the occasion early on when Connor McDavid opened the scoring after dancing around Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen and firing a backhand shot past Jake Oettinger. Later in the period, McDavid threw a perfect pass off the stick of Zach Hyman, who took a snap to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead. The assist was McDavid’s league-leading 31st point of the playoffs.

The last two games of this series, both wins for the Oilers, were actually decided by special teams. After struggling for most of the series, Edmonton’s power play finally came alive with a total of four goals in Games 5 and 6.

Dallas’ power play, on the other hand, failed to convert on just one of its 14 opportunities. The Stars held the Oilers to 10 shots in Game 6, but their complete inability to generate anything on the power play is what sent them down in this series. Mason Marchment got the Stars on the board midway through the third period, but they couldn’t get the equalizer.

The other story from Game 6 was that of Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner, who was on the bench for two games in the previous round. There were major questions about him heading into the Western Conference Finals, however, he stopped 34 of 35 shots on Sunday and he played heavily in the last three games, allowing a total of just four goals in those three matches.

Dallas Stars vs. Edmonton Oilers Results

Keep it locked here with CBS Sports for updates, analysis and highlights as the NHL gears up for the Stanley Cup Final between the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers. The first match will take place on Saturday June 8.

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