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From Both Sides - Flames/Oilers

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet

On any given night, Connor McDavid alone can beat you.

On Friday, the Calgary Flames got a grim reminder there’s another way to lose to the Edmonton Oilers – turn it into a skill contest.

As in, reduce the number of skaters on the ice for either side to open things up.

Both points were driven home in a 5-3 loss that saw Edmonton rebound from an early deficit to score four unanswered goals for the second game in a row to open this Western Conference semifinal.

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Well, after dropping a 9-6 laugher to the Calgary Flames in Game 1 Wednesday, which tied the NHL record for most goals ever in a playoff game, the Oilers got the first part of the equation right Friday, and mostly importantly the second with another out-of-this-world performance from Connor McDavid and two late strikes by Zach Hyman (shorthanded) and Leon Draisaitl for a stirring comeback 5-3 victory to even the series at a game apiece.

The Oilers, who gave up three in the first 6:05 in Game 1, driving Mike Smith to the bench, were down two again in Game 2 after six minutes but Smith hung in after goals by Michael Stone and Brett Ritchie. And the team, refusing to go quietly and madly into the cold Calgary night, overcame two disallowed goals by Hyman (quick whistle in a scrum) and Draisaitl (McDavid interference on Jacob Markstrom) and twice clawed back from two-goal deficits.

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“Not an ideal start obviously but a huge battle back,” said Hyman. “We knew that we’re capable of it and we did it last game (tying it 6-6) but not the way we wanted to, I’d say. This time from Smitty onwards I think we shored up things defensively. We didn’t give them as much. I thought we earned our chances, got a couple called back, but still worked, earned our power plays and got back into the game, then won it.”

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Surviving McDavid

from Travis Yost of TSN,

Before the start of the Battle of Alberta, I had a few theories as to how the series would play out. Chief among them: Calgary is the better team, Edmonton has the best player, and, by extension, the best line.

Barring a goaltending collapse from either club, these two forces would collide and ultimately decide the series.

Game 1 checked all three of those boxes. The Flames were comfortably the better team. The Connor McDavid line was as lethal as usual. And, ironically, we saw goaltending capitulation from both sides.

Edmonton’s Mike Smith (three goals conceded on seven shots faced) was horrific and yanked from the game early. Backup Mikko Koskinen (five goals conceded on 32 shots faced) wasn’t any better. The only difference between Smith and Calgary starter Jacob Markstrom (six goals conceded on 22 shots faced) was Darryl Sutter’s reticence to pull his besieged goaltender. It was bad.

Let’s set the goaltending aside for a moment – after all, it’s exceptionally rare you see a single-game stop rate of 80 per cent.

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Goals Galore In Calgary’s Win Over Edmonton

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Count Darryl Sutter is one of the few folks in southern Alberta who wasn’t buzzing with excitement following his club’s tribute to the 80s.

Yet, he still found a way to play along.

“Missed the convert,” was the Jolly Rancher’s opening take on Wednesday’s reinstallment of the Battle of Alberta.

“We were told it was a boring series last time, so I told the players yesterday, ‘we’ve got to score 7-10 goals today because they’d probably score 5-8 to win,’ so that’s what we did.”

Coming off a series against Dallas that took five games for the Flames to score nine goals, the Flames opened the first provincial punch-up in 31 years with a memorable 9-6 win over an Oilers squad that heard chants of “We want 10” a mere seven minutes in.

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

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The Battle Of Alberta Is Here

from Kristen Shilton of ESPN,

Iconic sports rivalries are built to stand the test of time.

No matter the players. No matter the coaches. No matter the standings. No matter who won the last game -- or the last 10.

It's a seed planted between two teams that can't be uprooted. The bad blood is merely transfused, one generation to the next.

The Battle of Alberta -- featuring the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames -- is that kind of rivalry. Like a fine wine, it has only gotten better with age. And the latest vintage (Game 1, 9:30 ET, ESPN) could be a classic.

On opposite ends of a 300-kilometer -- or 186-mile -- stretch of Alberta's provincial highway sit dueling hockey markets rife with passionate fans. They've been waiting more than 30 years to see the long-simmering enmity between these teams peak in a postseason series.

The time, at last, is here.

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No Discipline For Nikita Zadorov

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Videos- Big Hit And A Scrum Dallas/Calgary

Big hit on Luke Glendening but he did return to the game.

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The Calgary Flames Even Their Series With The Dallas Stars

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

Johnny Gaudreau, as he skated to centre ice for a third-period penalty shot, admitted he was feeling “a tad nervous.”

The Calgary Flames’ fan base had, over the past couple of days, been feeling more than just a touch of anxiety.

Both can, at least for now, exhale.

Gaudreau buried on that breakaway opportunity, capping a filthy deke to his backhand with a five-hole finish, and the Flames delivered their most impressive performance of these playoffs so far in rolling to a 4-1 victory in Game 4 of their opening-round date with the Dallas Stars.

After falling behind in the series with back-to-back losses, you could feel the momentum shifting during Monday’s affair at American Airlines Center. The visitors were strong from start to finish, and downright dominant for stretches.

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Calgary Flames Need To Find Their Offense

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Blake Coleman has a prediction: his Flames are going to bounce back and Johnny Gaudreau will play a major role in it.

He may want to do it soon, as the Flames have dropped two in a row in a tight series with Dallas they now trail 2-1.

Gaudreau had a golden opportunity to turn things around late in Saturday’s 4-2 loss when he broke in alone with four minutes left in a one-goal game.

An attempt to go five-hole was thwarted by Jake Oettinger, prompting a blunt assessment from the coach:

“Got a breakaway with two or three minutes left, those guys got to put it away,” said Darryl Sutter. “That’s their job.”

Coleman was a tad more diplomatic. 

“He’s getting looks – that was just one of many chances we probably could have finished on,” said the Texan. “Things get magnified based on the time of the game.

“Johnny is a great player. He was a great player all year. He’s going to bounce back. We have all the confidence in the world in his game and he’s going to be a big reason why our team bounces back next game.”

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Scoring An Issue For The Calgary Flames In A Loss To The Dallas Stars

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

When the Calgary Flames said they had one goal in mind this spring, they didn’t actually mean one measly goal.

Yet, that’s how many the league’s sixth-most prolific club has scored in its opening two playoff games against the Dallas Stars.

Combined.

This, against a rookie netminder, whose second playoff start as a professional included saves on all 29 shots that found their way through in a 2-0 win Thursday.

Two nights after the Flames opened their playoff campaign with a 1-0 win, the Stars turned the tables on a series featuring three total goals, including an empty netter.

It says a lot about how tough it was for the Flames on Thursday when the best scoring chance they had all night came in the opening minute of the third when Stars defenceman Jani Hakanpaa hit his own post with an awkward clearing attempt in tight.

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The Calgary Flames Shut Out The Dallas Stars

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Matthew Tkachuk opened the playoffs by treating John Klingberg like he was Drew Doughty’s little brother.

A smash into the end boards 10 seconds into the night was punctuated by another Klingberg crunch late in the first period, sparking a melee of sorts.

It was that second smackdown that prompted a period-ending scrum from which Tkachuk found himself fighting Michael Raffl.

Seconds later, Rasmus Andersson fought Klingberg.

If anyone thought it impossible for the decibel level to top that of the game-opening proceedings, Tkachuk found a way to prove them wrong.

He has a knack for that.

In between his two biggest blasts, No. 19 set up the game’s only goal in an important, emotional, series-opening win over the Dallas Stars.

Kudos to Jacob Markstrom for continuing his regular-season mastery in his very first playoff start in front of fans, making 16 saves to win 1-0.

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