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From Both Sides- Edmonton/Calgary

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

This was pure magic.

In a 3-2 league that tends to level out its superstars as the playoffs whittle down to intensely defensive 2-1 games, this five-game Battle of Alberta gave us 45 goals and a stunning finish by the superstar of all superstars.

Connor McDavid crafted his only point of the night on an overtime snipe, rifling the winner in off Jacob Markstrom’s left post, a goal that ended the first Calgary-Edmonton series in 31 years in epic fashion on Thursday.

“Just happy to contribute on a night where I maybe didn't have my best,” said McDavid, who had seven straight multi-point games before going pointless prior to overtime in Game 5.

“Hard to put into words what that one meant to me,” added McDavid, who goes on to Round 3 for the first time in his NHL career. “Special — special to win. It was real fun, and the fans were amazing in both buildings, especially in Edmonton. Just the energy and the vibe around the city has been amazing.”

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from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

Their would-be go-ahead goal was disallowed due to what the NHL determined was a “distinct kicking motion.”

A half-hour later, the Calgary Flames had been booted out of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs.

“I didn’t feel that I kicked it,” protested Blake Coleman during a post-game presser. “But can’t go back and change (the call) now.”

The Edmonton Oilers made surprisingly short work of this long-awaited Battle of Alberta playoff series, eliminating the locals with a 5-4 overtime triumph in Thursday’s Game 5 at the Saddledome.

Flames fans will always wonder, however, what might have been if not for this controversial wave-off. It’ll be debated on bar stools from Black Diamond to Beaumont for years to come.

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Discussng the no-goal

 

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Currently 2-0 for my predictions

**TBL > FL
**EDM > CGY
CAR > NYR
STL > COL

The only team that can compete with TBL is COL, but they have way less experience and the games will get tighter and tighter in the Finals.

Mike Smith is not a cup winning goalie, he leaks goals like a sieve.

Posted by retrospecd on 05/27/22 at 09:57 AM ET

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The Rag$ won’t win.  Carolina can’t win vs. Tampa with their second string goalie.  (though he was a black ace on the Hawks 2015 team)

Not impressed with Mike Smith as a goalie, (bet he’s a great guy though!) nor sure if Husso or Keumper would be able to compete with TB.  (especially since COL should be resting now - if not for the goaltending)

The only team that can beat Tampa is Tampa.  And # 88 is this generation’s Marty Brodeur/Patrick Roy.  Good luck to whomever plays them. 

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 05/27/22 at 03:24 PM ET

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