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Edmonton Oilers headed to Stanley Cup final with 2-1 win over Dallas Stars

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Connor McDavid had a goal and assist in the opening period to get Edmonton going, Stuart Skinner stopped 34 shots for his hometown team and the Oilers capped an improbable run to the Stanley Cup final by beating the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Sunday night.

Oilers last appeared in the final in 2006, and last raised hockey’s holy grail in 1990

Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93), Zach Hyman (18), Connor McDavid (97) and Evan Bouchard (2) celebrate a goal against the Dallas Stars during first period action in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs in Edmonton on Sunday. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

Connor McDavid had a goal and assist in the opening period to get Edmonton going, Stuart Skinner stopped 34 shots for his hometown team and the Oilers capped an improbable run to the Stanley Cup final by beating the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Sunday night.

Zach Hyman also scored — like McDavid, on a first-period power play — and Evan Bouchard had two assists for the Oilers, who won the Western Conference final in six games and will play for the cup for the first time since 2006.

Mason Marchment scored midway through the third period and Jake Oettinger stopped eight shots for the Stars, who finished the regular season with the second-best record in the NHL — 113 points, just one behind the New York Rangers in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy.

Edmonton will be heading to Florida for Game 1 of the final, with that series set to open on Saturday night.

The Panthers are playing in the title series for the third time, after getting swept by Colorado in 1996 and losing to Vegas in five games last year.

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