Connor McDavid scored and added two assists to guide the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames Saturday evening within the ultimate recreation between the Alberta rivals this season.
Ethan Bear, Josh Archibald and Darnell Nurse — the final two into the empty web — additionally scored for the Oilers (30-17-2), who completed with a 6-4 document in opposition to the Flames.
Leon Draisaitl assisted on all 4 targets whereas Mike Smith made 29 saves for his 18th win.
Johnny Gaudreau discovered the again of the online for the Flames (22-25-3), who misplaced floor within the divisional playoff race. Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 25-of-27 pictures in defeat.
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It was one other vital recreation for Calgary, who’re eight factors behind the Montreal Canadiens for the fourth and ultimate playoff spot within the North Division. The Habs got here from behind to defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in additional time earlier Saturday.
However with the loss, time is operating out for the Flames, who’ve six video games left this season starting with a contest in opposition to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.
Down 2-1 within the third, Calgary pressed for the equalizer whereas taking part in rigorously sufficient to keep away from conceding once more. However Smith stopped all 11 pictures he confronted within the body.
The 2 groups met on Thursday, with Calgary profitable 5-3 on a pair of targets by Elias Lindholm.
The Flames took pleasure in maintaining McDavid and Draisaitl off the scoresheet in that encounter — one thing they’ve performed thrice this season — nevertheless it did not take lengthy for Edmonton’s high-flying offensive duo to get off the mark on Saturday.
McDavid put the Oilers in entrance 1-0 with an end-to-end play at 4:46 of the primary on the facility play. Beginning behind his personal web, the Edmonton captain fed Draisaitl within the impartial zone earlier than getting the move again on the blue line. McDavid then charged previous two defencemen, dangled the puck in entrance of Christopher Tanev and snapped it excessive previous Markstrom for his twenty ninth on the 12 months.
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The Oilers doubled their lead a couple of minutes later with McDavid turning supplier. cycle play within the offensive zone ended when McDavid discovered Bear along side the online. Bear’s one-timer, which can have taken a slight deflection off Nikita Nesterov, beat Markstrom stick facet at 7:19.
McDavid almost scored one other within the second interval, on the facility play, however he did not get every thing on a shot that was stopped by defenceman Michael Stone on the doorstep.
Calgary’s Gaudreau was denied an incredible likelihood to get on the board early within the second when his shot on the breakaway beat Smith however rang off the crossbar.
Gaudreau would not be denied later within the body, although, when he prolonged his level streak to seven video games with a tally at 10:48. Matthew Tkachuk powered his method to the online and fired a shot on Smith, who kicked it along with his pad proper to Gaudreau on the frenzy for the back-handed rebound. Gaudreau has 12 factors in his previous 10 video games.
Archibald scored the primary empty-netter for Edmonton with 1:06 left within the recreation. Nurse added the opposite 40 seconds later.