Brandon Manning returned to the scene of the crime Thursday with a price on his head.
The Flyers defenseman, playing in Edmonton for the first time since taking the fall for derailing Connor McDavid’s rookie season, was reminded early and often he’s not well-liked by Oilers faithful with a round of boos each time he took a shift. McDavid’s teammates sure didn’t forget, either, and took a few runs at Manning for good measure in a 6-3 win.
From the get-go, Oilers bruisers Anton Slepyshev and Milan Lucic were after Manning.
Then, in the second period, Manning lined up opposite a much larger Patrick Maroon, who proceeded to teach the Flyer a lesson.
To recap, the Oilers still hate Manning’s guts for his role in causing McDavid to miss 37 games a season ago, likely costing the phenom the Calder Trophy.
Manning said he received death threats.
The last time the Flyers and Oilers met, in Philadelphia on Dec. 8, McDavid called Manning “classless” and claimed the defenseman admitted his intent to injure him on that fateful play. Manning denied any such thing, and the war of words were put on hold until Thursday.
McDavid didn’t have any direct run-ins with Manning during the game, but his did tack on three points to his season total for an NHL-best 66 in 58 games.
Round 3 goes to the Oilers.