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The Oilers continue even as the victory over Flames returns

After dropping a 9-6 laugh to the Calgary Flames in Game 1, the Oilers got the first part of the equation on Friday, and most importantly the second.

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Admittedly, it wasn’t one of those audacious speculations that went where no man had gone before the match, but Edmonton Oilers sage Evander Kane made a standout experience in Game 2 at the Battle of Alberta after training. .

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“If we can keep them under nine tonight, I really like our chances of winning,” Kane said, caught between a giggle and a smile, as he met the media.

Well, after dropping 9-6 laughs to the Calgary Flames in the first game on Wednesday, which equaled the NHL record for most goals in any playoff game, the Oilers got the first part of the equation on Friday, and most important of all part two. Another out-of-this-world performance from Conor McDavid and two late goals by Zach Hyman (reduced) and Leon Drysittel for a thrilling 5-3 victory over the series in one game.

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The Oilers, who surrendered three in the first 6:05 in the first game and drove Mike Smith to the bench, fell twice again in the second game six minutes later, but Smith stopped after goals from Michael Stone and Brett Ritchie. The team refused to go quietly and madly into a cold Calgary night, overcoming two disallowed goals by Heyman (a quick whistle in a cry) and Drysettl (McDavid interfered in Jacob Markstrom) and twice came back from a two-goal deficit.

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“It’s obviously not a perfect start but a big fight back,” Heymann said. “We knew we could and we did the last game (6-6 draw) but not the way we wanted, I would say. This time from Smitty onwards, I think we backed things up defensively. We didn’t give them much. I thought we earned our chances, called each other once. Others, but we were still working, we gained our strength and he came back to the match, and then we won it.”

She won it on a roller coaster, but that’s been Oiler’s story for most of this season. ups and downs. A bad 9-6 loss when they played laissez-faire and a loud comeback in Game 2.

“You have to get off the roller coaster. When you win a game, you feel great. When you lose a game, you feel bad,” Hyman said. “It’s easier to prepare when you lose because you don’t want to feel that way again.”

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The feeling of warmth was in large part due to Hyman. He pulled away while taking a penalty kick from Warren Voigele, after a pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the match winner. He scored in the first inning in a match out of the blue but referee Chris Lee blew the play dead, thinking the disc had been frozen under Jacob Markstrom. Then Markstrom stole him in a second alone, trying to slip by him on the breakaway half. With a third chance, halfway through the third, he went upstairs, off the crossbar and entered.

“Nuge put in a great defensive showing to break it and then I saw some ice, I just took off and had a small half breakaway earlier so I didn’t want to back off, I just wanted to shoot it. I got a good shot,” said Hyman, who wouldn’t have tried the same move in the second half. And I hit him.” Once hit, he’s twice as shy.

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“He’s a great goalkeeper. He’s tall and skinny and it’s hard to beat him unless you get up. So when you come in so fast, it’s hard to save when you take him down so quickly,” he said.

Draisaitl, who was playing on a sprained ankle, took an edge around the boards from Smith and ended up on his stick for a two-and-a-half minute break after Heyman’s goal. Hyman didn’t bite when asked about Drytail playing on one leg, but he had no problem talking about his hands.

“Just an elite player,” Heymann said, after playing 23 minutes and earning three points.

McDavid is an elite box of course. The stat sheet says he only played 21 minutes but it looked like 41. Probably because he’s been playing as a chain all night, blocking people, coming off checkers, passing people as if they were orange cones and not red jersey skaters. He scored 32 seconds after Draisaitl’s goal was eliminated when he moved through a crease and his ski hit Markstrom’s glove before Draisaitl knocked it down in an instant.

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“I looked hungry to score there after the off-target,” a reporter asked MacDavid.

“I am always hungry to make a play, just happy to contribute,” McDavid shrugged.

He also assisted in Euler’s first goal for Duncan Keith with a one-handed pass and now has 20 points in Euler’s nine games (six in his first two games against Calgary). The fastest of the 20 playoffs to have done so in eight games (Wayne Gretzky three times and Mike Posey once). But McDodd tied Marc Messier and Mario Lemieux in the ninth.

“Everyone watching this… you don’t have to say much,” Heyman said. “He’s very clear. He’s the best player in the world and he’s pushing himself, and I’ve said it before, when you’re the best, it’s easy to get comfortable with guys chasing after you.”

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“But it’s hard to keep pushing and challenging yourself. He’s a guy who wants to win more than anyone else. So you see him pushing himself and pushing our team and these are the results,” said Hyman, who marvels at McDavid’s staying power right now.

“Conor stays equal, nothing bothers him. He is just Conor. He is humble and goes about his day.”

His play against Draisaitl was wiped out with a second-half goal by the referees, but the Oilers shrugged it off like Hyman who should have counted.

“In my play, I just take the puck into the net. I try to get out of the way and Markstrom comes out kind of at the same time,” McDavid said. “It’s the same old story (video review). You never really know. “

Smith succumbed to Early Stone (checked) and Richie (bounced off an Eric Goodbranson shot he couldn’t hold), and a power blast by Tyler Toffoli with Darnell Nurse Without a Stick because it was broken in the play. But, that was because he saved 37 saves.

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I can’t say enough about him. Coach Jay Woodcroft, who praised Smith’s ability to stop a bad game and move on after the first game when he was pulled, said.

“Smitty’s just a fighter, you know? He played great and made some big saves and did a big job against Leo to get his goal in. So, a little bit of everything from him tonight,” said McDavid.

Same story with Keith who became the biggest oiler ever to score in a playoff game (38 years 308 days). He also made Bouchard and McDavid goals in 18 and a half minutes. This was Keith, like MacDavid, wanting the Oilers from the back end.

“His presence comes in the big moments. Sometimes it’s as simple as going to the bench during TV timeout and just saying, ‘We’ve taken a deep breath and we’re ready to go here,'” Woodcroft said. ‘I can’t say enough about Dunk.’ His biography is worthy of Hall of Fame. There will be one day. In terms of his ability to pass on his experiences to our group, I can’t say enough.”

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Meanwhile, The Flames haven’t won Game 2 of the playoffs since the Western Conference Final against San Jose in 2004, 31 games and counting now. They had the Oilers down the throat, and they went 2-0 up, 3-1 but managed to get to Markstrom.

“It was really good for us. I think their individual skills came out tonight in the situations where they scored,” said Flames coach Daryl Sutter.

Markstrom, one of the three finalists of the Visina Cup, has left off 10 bells but has also conceded 16 goals in the last three encounters (league and post-season match) to the Oilers. He is not solid against them.

This is it: Former NHL coach Bob Hartley, who has spent years in Europe, told a radio program in Quebec that unrestricted free-guard Euler Mikko Koskinen, has agreed to a contract for next season in Lugano, Switzerland… because of everything from penalty kicks, The Oilers only used seven strikers, with Zach Cassian, Josh Archibald having four minutes, Jesse Poliujarvi, Derek Ryan and Vogel in the eight-minute span.

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