The Ice District was packed with Edmonton Oilers fans on Saturday night.
In the windows of downtown bars and restaurants, the colors of the Oilers were displayed. Vans with giant flags and orange foam fingers could be seen sticking out of sunroofs and chants could be heard.
Fans flocked to Ice District Plaza to watch Game 7 of the Oilers versus LA Kings NHL playoff series. Jesse and Neil Pandya, who were dressed from head to toe in Oilers colors, were hoping for an Oilers victory.
“It’s exciting, but also stressful. I haven’t slept the last two nights since Game 6,” Jesse said.
Neil feels the Oilers shouldn’t be in this position because they are a better team.
“That being said, this is what dreams are made of… it’s going to be much better to win in Edmonton,” said Neil.
When asked if they think the team will win tonight, Neil replied: “It’s going to happen. It’s a fait accompli.”
Sporting a signed jersey and some Oilers-themed face paint, longtime Oilers fan David Thomas hopes he won’t see any more heartbreak this season.
“(A victory) has to happen. How long can we keep McDavid, how long can we keep Draisaitl? They deserve a cup and we have to give it to them,” said Thomas.