Calgary – Zach Heyman He scored the winning short cut for the Edmonton Oilers in Friday’s 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames up to a playoff series in one win each.
Captain Edmonton Conor McDavidHis goal and assists on Friday made him the fastest active player to reach 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in season after season, and the fastest among any player since Mario Lemieux in 1992.
Leon Drystel and defenseman Duncan Keith Each had a goal, two passes and Evan Bouchard He also scored for Edmonton.
After being pulled early in the first game, goalkeeper Oilers Mike Smith He made 37 saves to win and set up Draisaitl’s lockout goal.
Michael StoneAnd Brett Ritchie And Tyler Toffoli He scored for Calgary, who led 3-1 midway through the second half.
Johnny Goudro two passes. Goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom He stopped 35 rounds at a loss.
The Western Conference’s Best of Seven semi-finals head to Edmonton’s Rogers Place for Game Three on Sunday and Game Four on Tuesday.
Calgary (50-21-11) topped the Pacific Division ahead of runner-up Edmonton (49-27-6) in the regular season. The Alberta rivals are competing in the playoffs for the sixth time, but it’s their first since 1991.
One of the best teams in the NHL five-on-five, the Flames shorted for nearly 11 minutes on Friday. Edmonton scored his first force-playing goal of the series midway through the second half to send the game into the third inning with a 3-3 score.
Hyman Doran turned Calgary’s attack area into a breakaway. He scored the shortened goal and headed upstairs to Markstrom at 10:14.
Smith directed the disc to Draisaitl to break up again after more than two minutes. The striker, who was playing through a lower body injury, put the ball off the post to Markstrom’s stick at 12:36.
With Ryan Nugent Hopkins Punished for lowering it at 16:48, Flames couldn’t turn the power game into a goal. Calgary went 1 for 5 with a man-in-the-game advantage, while the Oilers were 1 for 6.
Two broken Oiler sticks contributed to Flames’ pair of goals in the first and second half. defenseman nurse darnell He was handicapped low without him in the second period and was unable to trade with a striker.
Gaudreau’s floss pass to the front of the crimp for Elias Lindholm Heart to Toffoli, who scored a powerful goal in the 2:04 to advance 3-1 Calgary.
Draisaitl’s goal was conceded at 2:31 of a second. Flames coach Darryl Sutter successfully defied a goalkeeper interference by McDavid.
But McDavid scored seconds later to equalize Edmonton with a goal. Rolled off Calgary Devinsman Nikita Zadorov On the open ice, he took a pass from Keith and grabbed the puck by Markstrom’s outstretched cushion at 3:05.
Bouchard pulled the Oilers up to 15:03 during Stone’s petty slight of high stickiness. The defenseman delivered a shot from the top of the confrontation circuit upstairs at Markstrom.
After setting the record for the fastest two goals to start a playoff in the series opener with a pair within 51 seconds, Calgary scored early again, 63 seconds after landing the puck.
However, Edmonton and Smith recovered faster than in the first game. The Oilers ran out of offensive zone timing and had more chances than Calgary in the first period.
Heymann celebrated the Oilers goal just over four minutes before halftime, but the officials conceded it. The whistle blew before the puck crossed the goal line in the crease of the scramble. The Flames advance 2-1 per second.
Keith cut the deficit in half at 13:45 from the first. MacDavid who flew from behind the net drove away the Flame Defender Rasmus Anderson With one arm, he held the stick in the other.
Captain Edmonton made a one-handed pass to Keith, who beat off the far Markstrom.
The hosts advanced 2-0 at 6:02 when Smith swayed Eric Gudbranson shooting. Ritichie pounced on the loose ball puck in the crease and fired a backhand kick from the Oilers goalkeeper.
Hyman broke his stick and couldn’t get another back off the bench before Stone’s point kick overtook Smith’s lower glove side at 1:03.
The Flames were minus top shutdown defender Chris Tanev for their third consecutive game. He was injured in Game 6 of Calgary’s first round series against Dallas. Tanev skated in practice this week, but was not dressed appropriately for matches.
Notes: Gaudreau expanded his points streak to seven consecutive games (2 goals, 10 assists) and tied with Lanny McDonald (1984) for the fifth longest in Flames history. . . McDavid extended his multi-point streak in the playoffs to five consecutive games. The only other players in NHL history with five or more multi-point games played are Wayne Gretzky (1983), Tony Curry (1981), Daryl Setler (1977), Yevgeny Malkin (2009) and Dale Hoerchuk (1993). . . Keith became the oldest Euler to score in a playoff game at 38 years and 308 days.
This report was first published by The Canadian Press on May 20, 2022.