Before Jim Schwartz took over as defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, their defense relied heavily on Myles Garrett’s exceptional play, but even Garrett struggled against frequent double and triple-team blocks. Under Joe Woods, the Browns’ defense was known for weak coverage, missed assignments, and vulnerability against the run.

Edmonton has now won three consecutive games to even the best-of-seven series at three wins apiece. Game 7 will take place on Monday (June 24) at Amerant Bank Arena in South Florida, where the Oilers have an opportunity to make history.

Only one team in Stanley Cup Final history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win: the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942. No team has ever managed such a comeback in the NBA Finals or World Series.

Edmonton has completely turned the tables in this series, outscoring Florida 20-5 since the latter stages of Game 3. The Oilers have not trailed at any point in their last three games.

In Friday’s game, Edmonton led 1-0 after the first period and extended that lead to 3-0 by the second intermission. Although Florida scored early in the third period to narrow Edmonton’s lead to 3-1, the Oilers sealed the game with two late empty-net goals.

Friday’s victory was a collective effort by the Oilers, who are now just one win away from claiming their sixth Stanley Cup. Here are three key reasons why Edmonton won Game 6:

  1. Depth Contributions: Connor McDavid had four points in each of Edmonton’s last two victories, totaling a league-leading 42 points in the 2024 postseason. However, McDavid wasn’t the sole factor every night; other players stepped up significantly in Game 6.
  2. Balanced Scoring: Edmonton received goals from players on all four forward lines, while veteran defenseman Nurse also contributed from the blue line.
  3. Critical Coaching Decision: Oilers coach Kris Knoblauch made a crucial challenge in Friday’s game that nullified a Florida goal, maintaining Edmonton’s lead. This decision showcased Knoblauch’s confidence in his team’s abilities, particularly their strong penalty kill, which has been pivotal throughout the playoffs.

If Edmonton can maintain their defensive prowess, receive contributions from their depth players, and perhaps benefit from a bit of luck, they stand a good chance of celebrating a championship in Sunrise on Monday night.

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