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Samer Dagher
June 16, 2024  (1:39 PM)
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Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid spoke about the punches he took from Florida Panthers forwards Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

I don't think any of us could have predicted what transpired in Game 4 of the 2024 Stanley Cup Final. It was the most lopsided victory ever by a team facing elimination in the history of the Stanley Cup Final.
The Edmonton Oilers sent a clear message that they weren't out of the fight yet with a dominant 8-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. Despite the scoreline, the Panthers still tried to send a message by targeting some of the Oilers' top stars, including captain Connor McDavid, who took punches from Panthers forwards Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk. Both men ended up in the penalty box, but with the Panthers already down 5-1 in the second period, it didn't seem to bother them.
Tkachuk first delivered a series of short uppercuts from close range.
This is why nobody respects this clown!

Tkachuk with three uppercuts to McDavid.

🐓💩 all day!

And Bennett followed up with a stiff jab to McDavid's face:
If you're an Oiler on the ice here, how do you let Tkachuk and then Bennett get to McDavid like this?

When asked about the situation, Tkachuk didn't shy away from admitting he delivered the blows and was unapologetic. McDavid, too, faced questions after Game 4.
"I didn't throw very many punches," said McDavid with a smile. "That's not the game I wanna play, that's not my job to really do, I'm just there to make sure no one is getting outnumbered. I thought Hyman was getting doubled up on by Bennett and Tkachuk and I just tried to jump in there and do my part as a teammate. Everybody has got to jump in there in those moments."

Despite the physicality, McDavid had an outstanding night, scoring a goal and adding 3 assists, surpassing Wayne Gretzky's single-season record for assists in the playoffs. McDavid's 32 assists are now one better than the previous record of 31, set by Gretzky with the 1988 Edmonton Oilers.
McDavid will have the chance to add to that total in Game 5 on Tuesday night, while the Panthers will once again try to disrupt his game.
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