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On The Win By The Edmonton Oilers And The Milan Lucic Hit

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmont Sun,

Sunday night in Edmonton wasn’t so much a playoff game as it was a party, with jubilant fans celebrating the sweetest public beating the Oilers have ever administered in Rogers Place.

They didn’t just beat the Calgary Flames in Game 3 of their playoff series, they dismantled them in a lopsided show of force that left the visitors rattled and embarrassed, searching for answers they might not have.

Edmonton’s big guns simply ran Calgary’s show in a 4-1 victory. Evander Kane had a natural hat-trick, Leon Draisaitl had four assists. Connor McDavid had three assists on the night for nine points in three games.

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from Sportsnet,

Calgary Flames forward Milan Lucic was assessed a five-minute major and ejected from Game 3 on Sunday night in Edmonton when he bowled over Oilers goalie Mike Smith in the third period.

After Lucic departed, Smith was temporarily removed from the game due to concussion protocol and went to the dressing room with trainers, prompting the Oilers to place Mikko Koskinen in goal. But Smith returned after four minutes of play had passed. The Oilers were leading 4-0 at the time.

"I don’t really know what happened," Smith said after the game. "I was out playing the puck and all of a sudden I'm getting buried into the boards … When you're getting run through the end wall and not expecting it, it's not an ideal situation."...

Flames head coach Darryl Sutter didn't agree with the call.

"They called it charging, correct?" he said after the game. "Could you imagine if (Lucic) did charge? What would happen there? He actually tried to slow down a bit, I think. It is what it is. It's the score and who it was."

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Below watch the game highlights and the chargng call against Lucic.

Highlights

 

 

Lucic charge

 

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Comments

ilovehomers's avatar

Yeah, Lucic tried to make it look like an accident. Based on the score and time left, the penalty was appropriate but normally I wouldn’t kick him out.

Then again, I hate the extra protection for certain positions in sports (see: football quarterbacks) so in my ideal world, goalies are free game when playing the puck outside of the crease.

And there’s no trapezoid.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/23/22 at 02:49 AM ET

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Yeah it’s the score and who it was alright.

Wow what a plain-spoken, straight-talking
fount of wisdom that Darryl Suter was.

Except the actual meaning, obvious to anyone
who’s not a Calgary homer, is this is simply
how their team is quite intentionally built, and how
they respond to not being able to beat a team on the scoreboard.

Lucic did it because he’s one of the several cement heads
on Calgary who all have even more of a focus on trying to physically bully
if not injure opponents, due to their coach and how he perceives winning hockey.
Lucic didn’t just bury Smith into the boards. He used arriving Edmonton players as an excuse to lean most of his weight into one hand which he pushed into Smith while he was prone.

Think about what Suter is saying!
Yeah he blindsided him hard, but imagine if he’d had roll of
coins in his first or was wearing brass knuckles - it could have been even
worse if we’d wanted it to be, so stop complaining.

Think also what it means that an opponent can force the opposing starter to
leave the ice for a concussion protocol, even if they don’t find another way
of injuring him. I’ve never seen goalies targeted so much in one playoffs and
it’s hard to imagine team aren’t noticing how easy it can be to greatly enhance their
odds by depriving an opponent of one of if not the most important player.

Calgary is particularly embarrassing because they’re so obvious wannabe Boston West, from the thug lineup to the unbelievably, shamelessly cowardly agitator who hides behind his bigger, tougher teammates. At least Boston won a fair amount using that model, as much as being a favored franchise contributed to their cause.
Calgary was almost exposed against Dallas and has a tough road ahead even if they manage to turn this series around.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/23/22 at 04:03 AM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

WTF is going on with Calgary?  Took them till extra time to beat an 8 seed (noting Oettinger was on fire though)  and these past two games?  Should we file a missing persons report on Markstrom? 

Mike Smith is a good goalie who played great yesterday.  I think Darryl has to calm his guys down and watch the video from the Tampa/FLA series…...and convince his guys that THEY are TB and EDM is FLA.

This is the series I wanted most to see and it has not disappointed.  I think Calgary comes back in Game 4 and finally shows up and plays the right way. 

The Oilers are on a bit of a roll right now and its’ time for CGY to slow them down and time for Markstrom to be Markstrom and time for the Flames to get serious.

That said - Edmonton/Colorado would be a hoot now - wouldn’t it?  smile

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 05/23/22 at 10:50 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Honestly Colorado vs either of Edmonton/Calgary is going to be must watch TV. The west final is going to be excellent hockey.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/23/22 at 06:28 PM ET

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