CALGARY — Zach Hyman scored the shorthanded winning goal for the Edmonton Oilers in Friday’s 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames to tie their playoff series at one win apiece.
Edmonton Captain Connor McDavidFriday’s goal and assist made him the fastest active player to reach 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in a single postseason, and the fastest of any player since Mario Lemieux in 1992.
Leon Draisaitl and defender Duncan Keith each had a goal and two assists and Evan Bouchard also scored for Edmonton.
After being taken out early in Game 1, the Oilers goaltender mike smith made 37 saves for the win and assisted on Draisaitl’s insurance goal.
Michael Stone, Brett Ritchie and Tyler Toffoli scored for Calgary, which led 3-1 midway through the second period.
Johnny Gaudreau got two assists. Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 35 shots in the loss.
The best of seven Western Conference Semifinals will travel to Rogers Place in Edmonton for Game 3 on Sunday and Game 4 on Tuesday. The Oilers went 18-4-2 at Rogers Place in their final 24 regular season games.
Calgary (50-21-11) topped the Pacific Division ahead of second-placed Edmonton (49-27-6) in the regular season. The Alberta rivals meet in the playoffs for the sixth time, but the first since 1991.
One of the best five-on-five teams in the NHL, the Flames were shorthanded for almost 11 minutes on Friday. Edmonton scored its first power-play goal of the series midway through the second period to send the game into the third 3-3 stalemate.
Hyman turned Calgary’s offensive zone turnover into a breakaway. He scored the shorthanded goal in the lead going up on Markstrom at 10:14.
Smith directed the puck to Draisaitl for another breakaway just over two minutes later. The forward, who is struggling with a lower body injury, put the puck off the post and into the side of Markstrom’s stick at 12:36.
With Ryan Nugent Hopkins penalized for cutting at 16:48, the Flames couldn’t convert a power play into a goal. Calgary went 1 for 5 with a power play in the game, while the Oilers were 1 for 6.
Two broken Oilers sticks contributed to a pair of Flames goals in the first two periods. Defender Nurse Darnell was embarrassed downstairs without his in the second period and failed to make a rally with a forward.
Gaudreau threw a pass in front of the crease to Elias Lindholm to return to Toffoli, who scored a power-play goal at 2:04 for a 3-1 Calgary lead.
Draisaitl’s goal at 2:31 of the second was canceled. Flames head coach Darryl Sutter successfully challenged McDavid’s goalie interference.
But McDavid struck seconds later to draw Edmonton within a goal. He left the Calgary defenseman Nikita Zadorov in open ice, received a pass from Keith and handled the puck through Markstrom’s stretched pad at 3:05.
Bouchard tied the Oilers at 15:03 on Stone’s minor double for a high stick. The defenseman sent a slap shot from the top of the free pass circle to Markstrom.
After setting the record for the fastest two goals to start a playoff game in Game 1 of the series with a pair in under 51 seconds, Calgary struck early again, 63 seconds after the puck snapped.
Edmonton and Smith, however, recovered faster than in Game 1. The Oilers clocked time in the offensive zone and had more chances than Calgary in the first period.
Hyman celebrated an Oilers goal with just over four minutes left in the first period, but the officials waived. The whistle sounded before the puck crossed the goal line in a scramble into the crease. The Flames took a 2-1 lead in the second.
Keith halved the deficit at 1:45 of the first. McDavid circling behind the net held off the Flames defender Rasmus Andersson with one arm and held the puck on his stick with the other.
The Edmonton captain shoveled a one-handed pass to Keith, who beat Markstrom to the opposite side.
The hosts were leading 2-0 at 6:02 when Smith missed a Erik Gudbranson shoot. Ritichie pounced on the loose puck in the crease and backhanded the Oilers goaltender.
Hyman broke his stick and couldn’t get another one off the bench before Stone’s slap shot from the point beat Smith glove-side from the bottom corner at 1:03.
The Flames lost top defenseman Chris Tanev for a third straight game. He was injured in Game 6 of Calgary’s first-round series against Dallas. Tanev skated in practice this week, but didn’t dress for games.
Notes: Gaudreau extended his playoff point streak to seven straight games (two goals, 10 assists) and tied Lanny McDonald (1984) for the fifth-longest in Flames history. . . McDavid extended his multi-point playoff streak to five straight games. The only other players in NHL history with a multi-point streak of five or more games were Wayne Gretzky (1983), Tony Currie (1981), Darryl Sittler (1977), Yevgeny Malkin (2009) and Dale Hawerchuk (1993). . . Keith became the oldest Oiler to score a playoff goal at 38 years and 308 days.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 20, 2022.
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