With Alberta at the center of the hockey game, Flames and Oilers presents 15-goal classics

With Alberta at the center of the hockey game, Flames and Oilers presents 15-goal classics

Calgary – Count Daryl Sutter is one of the few people in southern Alberta who wasn’t full of excitement after honoring his club in the 1980s.

However, he still found a way to play along.

“Missed the shift,” was the opener for Jolly Rancher in Wednesday’s Battle of Alberta re-install.

“We were told it was a boring streak last time, so I told the guys yesterday, ‘We have to score 7-10 goals today because maybe they score 5-8 to win,’ and that’s what we did.”

Heading off a five-game streak against Dallas for the Flames to score nine goals, the Flames opened their first regional offensive in 31 years with an unforgettable 9-6 victory over an Oilers who heard chants of “we want 10” just seven minutes in.

A classic in the eyes of everyone who wasn’t skating in the game, Flames scored twice in the opening minute, gave up two four-goal lead and broke the tie 6-6 early in the third half with three finishing touches.

Earlier in the day, players took turns indifferent when asked what they knew about the hockey game played in this Northern and Southern classic dating from before they were born.

Well, they did a good job emulating their grandparents with their first 15-goal NHL playoff in 29 years.

31St The meeting between Alberta’s neighbors opened the second-round series with the highest score in the Battle lore, and neither team was left happy to open a series that many thought would be a tight, low-score affair.

“Not good, not good at all,” said Matthew Tkachuk, who was given his first hat-trick in a playoff in a wide open match by the empty scorer that fell short of the admiration of the dominant Flames side.

“Probably our worst qualifying match so far. We’ve been very lucky. This isn’t just a recipe for success. We might win this, but we wouldn’t win much if we were going to play like that. I thought we had a great start. The second period really got away from us. I think once We went third, we played a little bit better. We have to be better with the lead. We got four goals twice. That should be enough in the playoffs. We will be better in the next game.”

It couldn’t have been better for the faithful Saddledom, who went mad when Elias Lindholm scored 26sec, followed by Andrew Mangyapan 25sec later.

By the seven-minute mark, Mike Smith’s night was over, leading to the first chants of “We want 10,” right after Mikko Koskinen skated.

No one had any idea how close they were, although Flames’ 34-11 shot advantage when Tkachuk made it 6-2 halfway gave hope there would be either double digits, or plenty of bloodshed.

Neither of them paid off, despite the physical and emotional game in which the Flames exercised their will on the Club Oilers who still found a way to jump on Connor McDavid’s back to tie him 6-6 and only 1:28 in third.

That’s when playing catch-up all night at last against the Oilers.

The wit of The Flames veteran took over from there, as a group that prided itself on staying level responded a minute and a half later with a Rasmus Anderson goal, followed by two more goals from Tkachuk.

“I think our team showed a lot of composure,” said Blake Coleman, who scored 2 goals and finished the game plus 4.

“We gave it up until the score in the third game and a lot of inexperienced teams would fall apart then and there. I thought our guys didn’t hold back. I thought we were right back in our game, and I got a response. Amid the chaos, I thought we had some composure in The third and I found a way to get it done. Like I said, it was ugly, but when your team can count on each other and trust each other, you’ll sort it out and get back to work and do it the right way, that’s a good sign to move on.”

Jacob Markstrom told Inter-Friends he would shut the door in the third inning, salvaging a forgotten evening for the Vezina final that allowed six goals from 28 shots.

The Flames responded with 48 on a track they insist they don’t want any part of against the best player in the world.

Faster than you can tell in the Smythe division, McDavid played a huge role in Edmonton’s comeback with four goals that tied 6-6 early in the third half.

Suddenly, it seemed that “Team 1 to 10” would decide the winner in a turn-back salute that no one would soon forget.

As the ’80s anthem ‘Scream to the Devil’ sounded, there was Lanny MacDonald at the alumni bin, stoking an already boisterous crowd with a pool towel saluting the excitement.

The Red Lot crowd outside had to disperse to the Red Mile as high winds caused the organizers to shut down for 90 minutes before the puck came out “out of extreme caution”.

Too bad, because they would have added to the surreal scene.

The only things missing were helmetless fighters, ad-free skateboards, wooden sticks, shoddy broadcast lines, powder blue jackets, and Don Whitman.

Oh, and blood.

Lots of words, shoving, and few gauntlets to no avail, and you’ll definitely get the vibe that’s only going to get even worse.

But instead of wood scattering on the ice as when Tim Hunter and Dave Semenko spread north and south, hats scattered on the ice after the third Tkachuk.

“Weird game,” Sutter said, unmoved by the frenzy of a match in which his best defense, Chris Tanev, didn’t fit in.

“We scored on our first two shots and there were probably six different games.”

It was all fun to watch as Alberta’s top hockey player took center stage.

“It was a 9-6, I mean, it’s not an ordinary game,” smiled Coleman, whose club prefers to play hockey but can obviously play it the way you want to.

“Maybe it’s a 30-year buildup or whatever happened to that rivalry. Lots of excitement. Lots of leaps, but if our team is going to be successful, we have a lot of work to do.”

2022-05-19 07:23:00

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