"You get six goals scored on you, there's a few things you need to clean up, " said defenseman Darnell Nurse, who scored the third-period marker for Edmonton. "We know we need to be better in our own zone, support each other in the middle of the ice. Once we take care of that we know we have enough offense. " The Flames were without Derek Ryan, who suffered a fractured finger in the team's 4-1 loss to the Jets on Thursday. Edmonton was once again without defenseman Ethan Bear, who hadn't played since Jan. 30 after being hit by a puck while sitting on the bench.
" This year's opening round of the Battle of Alberta had a different feel to it as the Saddledome was empty except for some scribes watching from above. "It sucks not having fans, especially for these games, " Tkachuk said pregame, expressing a sentiment that's repeated across the league. "The buzz around the city and the rink will be electric right now. " But while there were some hellos and how-do-you-do's exchanged after whistles, there was a bigger agenda: an all-important two points. Calgary snapped a two-game losing streak and moved a point behind the Oilers for the fourth (and what would be the final) playoff spot in the North Division.
Calgary Flames win sets up first Battle of Alberta against You can watch the game live on EdmontonOilers.com starting at 7:00 PM MT. Watch below or follow along with our in-game blog for tweets,
Flames vs. Oilers: How to watch Game 5 of Western Both the Oilers and Flames had to endure tense, hard-fought, seven-game series in the opening round of this year's playoffs. Edmonton won
com/FL3X8bCTNW — Oilersnation. com (@OilersNation) February 7, 2021 12:19 a. — Flames and Oilers get coincidental minors. It'll be 4-on-4 with lots of ice — lots of ice for Connor McDavid. 12:13 a. Flames get a 3-on-1, Johnny Gaudreau gets the pass and takes off before finishing high glove side. Flames lead 5-3. Gaudreau goes glove side. That was nice. #Flames up 5-3 pic. com/oHidhBHsry — Hailey Salvian (@hailey_salvian) February 7, 2021 12:10 a. — PP GOAL. Dillon Dube rips the shot past Koskinen. Flames lead 4-3.
11:25 p. — Joakim Nordstrom is called for another minor and the Oilers head to the power play. Edmonton is 1 for 3 for the game. 11:22 p. — Elias Lindholm breaks in and dekes but can't bury it. The puck is loose but the whistle blows as the referee loses sight. Matthew Tkachuk shoots the puck after the whistle and Darnell Nurse has something to say about that. 11:21 p. — Sam Bennett is in some pain on the bench after taking a shot off the foot but tells the trainer he's OK.
Check out the reax 11:29 p. — They would not score. but Tkachuk got two good looks, including a one-timer from the right circle. 11:28 p. — After some 4-on-4 action, the Flames get their first power play of the game for about 58 seconds. 11:26 p. — Connor McDavid comes flying in — because, of course — and gets around Mark Giordano but takes out Markstrom as he falls (from Chris Tanev's stick). McDavid gets called for interference.
Things were more even in the final stanza as the teams traded nine shots each but the Flames did pot one extra goal (3-2). Elias Lindholm opened the scoring on the Flames' first shot before the Oilers scored two — including No. 9 on the season for Connor McDavid. In the second, Calgary tallied two in less than two minutes — the first by ex-Oiler Milan Lucic and the second by Backlund. "I don't like the way we played the start of the second period because we got away from some of the things that we were doing well, " said Oilers head coach Dave Tippett.
Just over halfway into the game, shot attempts were 48-20 for the Flames. Oilers lead 3-2 going into the second intermission. Crown Markstrom for his massive save on Leon Draisaitl — in sequence the Flames would tie up the game 3-3, a SHG on a long shot from Rasmus Andersson sneaks past Mike Smith. #Flames Rasmus Andersson's tying goal travelled 132 feet— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) May 25, 2022 Oilers’ Nugent-Hopkins with his second goal and game winner — pots in a rebound off of Tyson Barrie’s slap shot — putting the Oilers ahead of the Flames again, this time with 3 minutes left to play. Evander Kane making it 5-3 with an empty net goal, as the Flames are extinguished in their last ditch effort while on a PK. The Edmonton Oilers would take Game 4 and now lead the series 3-1 over the Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta 2022 playoff edition.
— Two minutes left and the Oilers have been controlling play and keeping the Flames pinned. 12:39 a. — Power play ends and now it's 6-on-5. 12:39 a. — When the puck drops, the Oilers will skate 6-on-4 after pulling Koskinen. 12:37 a. — Edmonton calls timeout with 3:05 left in the game and 37 seconds remaining on the power play. 12:33 a.
"We talked a little bit about having more swagger when we’re down, " said the Flames' Mikael Backlund. "We don’t want to get down in games but we have lately, and we have to get that swagger back that we know we’re going to come back and we know we’re a good team and it doesn’t matter how games go. I thought that was a big thing for us in the second there, coming out with a lot more energy, a lot more confident swagger to our game. "I thought that was a big step forward for us, for sure. " NHL POWER RANKINGS: In cinematic week, Flames are 'Beauty and the Beast, ' Oilers are 'Almost Famous' The teams swapped disappointing periods: Edmonton outshot (17-3) and outscored Calgary (2-1) in the first; in the middle period, it was the Flames' turn, outshooting (16-5) and outscoring (2-0) the Oilers.
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