Oilers Rally Past Flames 5-3 in Game 2 at Pair Series | Sports News
CALGARY, Alta. (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers are off to another slow start. This time they bounced back quickly.
Zach Hyman scored the shorthanded goal midway through the third period and the Oilers rallied to beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Friday night, night of the second-round series at one game apiece.
Edmonton captain Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist, becoming the fastest active player to reach 20 points (six goals, 14 assists in nine games) in a single postseason, and fastest of all players since Mario Lemieux in 1992.
“He is willing to pay a price to win. He’s determined to win,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said. “He has an effect on everyone in our organization with that desire to take his game to the next level. … The way his guy is playing right now is special. He drives our team forward.
Leon Draisaitl and defenseman Duncan Keith each had a goal and two assists and Evan Bouchard also scored for Edmonton, which lost 9-6 in Game 1 and trailed 3-1 early in Game 2. this.
“Losses are no fun and wins are great fun,” McDavid said. “I thought we were fighting harder. …win about 50-50 pucks. We didn’t win much in Game 1. I think we did a good job. I thought we were defending better. I still missed a few opportunities.
Oilers goaltender Mike Smith, retired early in the last game, made 37 saves for the win and assisted on Draisaitl’s insurance goal.
Michael Stone, Brett Ritchie and Tyler Toffoli scored for Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists and Jacob Markstrom stopped 35 shots.
The best-of-seven Western Conference Semifinals travel to Rogers Place in Edmonton for Game 3 on Sunday. The Oilers went 18-4-2 at home in their last 24 regular season games.
One of the best 5-on-5 teams in the NHL, the Flames were shorthanded for nearly 11 minutes. Edmonton scored its first power-play goal of the series midway through the second period to send the game into the third 3-3 stalemate.
“We missed a lot of chances,” Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. “Markstrom was really, really good for us. The individual skills were what stood out tonight and the situations they scored on. It’s hard to deal with, but part of it isn’t (playing) 5v5 either.
“There was a 4v4 goal, a 5v5 goal, a 5v4 goal for us, a shorthanded goal for them. If you don’t play 5v5, it’s definitely to their team’s advantage.
Hyman turned Calgary’s offensive zone turnover into a breakaway. He scored the decisive shorthanded goal as he got on Markstrom at 10:14 of the third.
“You just have to keep working,” Hyman said. “It’s the playoffs. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you get the win, right?”
Smith passed the puck to Draisaitl for another breakaway just over two minutes later. The forward, who is struggling with a lower body injury, put the puck off the post and into the side of Markstrom’s stick at 12:36.
With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins penalized for cutting at 16:48, the Flames couldn’t convert a power play into a goal. Calgary went 1 for 5 with a power play, while the Oilers were 1 for 6.
Two broken Oilers sticks contributed to a pair of Flames goals in the first two periods.
Defenseman Darnell Nurse was embarrassed on the ground without his in the second period and failed to make a rally with an attacker. Gaudreau sent a pass to the front of the crease for Elias Lindholm to turn back to Toffoli, who scored a power play goal at 2:04 for a 3-1 Calgary lead.
Draisaitl’s goal at 2:31 of the second was canceled as Sutter was successfully challenged for goalkeeper interference by McDavid.
However, McDavid struck seconds later to put Edmonton within a point at 3:05.
Bouchard tied the Oilers at 15:03 on Stone’s double minor for a high stick, firing a slapshot from the top of the upstairs faceoff circle on Markstrom.
After setting the record for the fastest two goals to start a playoff game in Game 1 of the series with a pair in under 51 seconds, Calgary struck early again, 63 seconds after the puck snapped. Hyman broke his stick and couldn’t get another one off the bench before Stone’s slapshot from the point beat Smith glove-side from the bottom corner.
The Flames made it 2-0 at 6:02 when Ritichie pounced on a loose puck in the slot and backhanded Smith.
Keith halved the deficit with 6:15 left in the first when McDavid shoveled a one-handed pass to Keith, who beat Markstrom on the other end.
Hyman celebrated an Oilers goal with just over four minutes left in the first period, but the officials waived. The whistle sounded before the puck crossed the goal line in a scramble.
The Flames were missing top defenseman Chris Tanev for a third straight game. He was injured in Game 6 of Calgary’s first-round series against Dallas. Tanev skated in practice this week, but didn’t dress for games.
NOTES: Gaudreau extended his playoff point streak to seven straight games (two goals, 10 assists) and tied Lanny McDonald (1984) for the fifth longest in Flames history. … McDavid extended his multi-point playoff streak to five straight games. The only other players in NHL history with a multi-point streak of five or more games were Wayne Gretzky (1983), Tony Currie (1981), Darryl Sittler (1977), Evgeni Malkin (2009) and Dale Hawerchuk ( 1993).
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