Edmonton – Evander Kane scored a natural hat-trick during a six-minute electric period and captain Conor McDavid provided more magic with three assists in another dominant performance as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Sunday to score 2-1. They lead the series in the second playoff round.
Mike Smith, who was briefly replaced by Mikko Koskinen in the third game after being run over by Milan Lucic, saved 31 times in the win.
Zach Heyman scored the other goal for Edmonton, while Leon Drysittle set an NHL record with four assists in the playoff period. Koskinen was not forced to stop in more than four minutes of play.
Oliver Killington replied to Calgary. Jacob Markstrom allowed four goals on 34 shots before being drawn to the Flames, who outnumbered them 8-1 since taking a 3-1 lead in the second half of the second game.
McDavid now has 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) from 10 post-season games this spring. The only players in National Hockey League playoff history to have had more points during the same period are Wayne Gretzky (29 in 1983 and 25 in 1985), Mario Lemieux (25 in 1992) and Rick Middleton (23 in 1983).
The Oilers will be looking to take control of Alberta’s best battle 3-1 – the first post-season meeting between the regional contenders in 31 years – Tuesday night at Rogers Place.
The first playoff in Edmonton featuring Oilers and Flames since April 14, 1991, when Theo Florey scored in overtime from Game Six to spark an unforgettable wild celebration, the Oilers exploded with four goals in just over 12 minutes in the second half. , including this month’s second Kane trilogy.
Hyman opened the scoring 52 seconds into the second half after 21 first shots set by Draisaitl and McDavid for his sixth goal of the post-season to ignite the crowd in and out of packed Rogers Place.
Kane, who signed with the Oilers in January after his contract was terminated by San Jose Sharks after a series of off-ice mishaps, scored his first night at 6:58 from a feed from Draisaitl after Flames overturned a puck on the offensive blue line.
The winger then pushed the lead to 3-0 in McDavid’s awful dash after dribbling past Calgary defender Noah Hanifen as if he wasn’t there just 53 seconds later.
Smith made an impressive save to break Johnny Goudreau later in the period before Matthew Tkachuk denied.
Ken completed a hat-trick—the seventh fastest in NHL post-season history—with his 10th goal in the 2021-22 playoffs at 12:58 on a 2-on-1 with McDavid before fans splashed the ice with hoods.
The 30-year-old Kane is the third Edmonton player to score three consecutive goals in a post-season game, joining Gretsky (1983) and Peter Kilma (1991). Meanwhile, Draisaitl’s fourth pass in the period set a record in a National Hockey League playoff.
Markstrom, who allowed 11 combined goals in games 1 and 2 after scoring 0.941 saves in the opening round against the Dallas Stars, got the hook for Vladar to start the third with the Flames turning their attention to Game 4.
Calgary, who finished seven points over Edmonton in the regular season standings to top the Pacific Division and was minus injured defender Chris Tanev (unknown) for the fourth game in a row, had a solid early run in the recent period in search of a spark, but Smith was sharp in the every turn.
Lucic ran over Smith behind the Oilers net halfway through the third to start a brawl involving all 10 skaters. Edmonton’s net guard was later removed in favor of Koskinen, but he returned to the champs’ welcome after returning from the locker room.
Killington earned a consolation goal for the visitors – his first playoff game – less than five minutes before he made it onto the roster.
The Oilers fell early in both games at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome, but after losing their wild opening game 9-6, they rebounded 5-3 two nights later to tie things 1-1.
Edmonton’s start was much better on Sunday, with Brett Kulak’s point-and-shoot that seeped through Markstrom and hit the post before being cleared by Flims goalkeeper and defender Nikita Zadorov for the best chance of the first half.
The Flames were hoping to keep the action at 5-on-5 as possible after McDavid, Draisaitl and the Oilers benefited from power play, short-handed and four-on-four stops in Game 3, but took two penalties to one Edmonton at the start.
MacDavid, who seemed to own a puck throughout, went on one of his stunning dash on his team’s second man advantage, but Markstrom was there to deny the Oilers captain in what was a sign of things to come.