Flames try to shake off ‘worst’ playoff effort in 4-1 loss to Oilers

EDMONTON — If the Calgary flames thinking their second-round streak was going to be a cakewalk after scoring nine goals in the opener, they forgot about their opponent’s firepower.

Evander Kane scored a natural hat trick in the second period, Leon Draisaitl got four assists and Connor McDavid had three assists to put him at 23 points in just 10 games, while the Edmonton Oilers picked up a 4-1 victory Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the Battle of Alberta series after losing Game 1 9-6.

flame defender Rasmus Andersson felt it was easily his team’s worst effort in the series.

“Yeah, probably. Of course this second period, at least,” he said. “You’re never happy when you play like that and you lose the second period 4-0. We left (guardian Jacob Markstrom) to dry there once too often.

McDavid became the first player in NHL history to record nine multi-point games in the first 10 games of the playoffs and has been a constant thorn in the side of the Flames thus far.

“He had another night, what, three or four points?” Andersson said. “He played very well today and we just have to find a way to stop him together.”

It certainly wasn’t just McDavid, as Draisaitl also set an NHL playoff record, becoming the first player to register four assists in one period.

“They haven’t played at home yet in this round and they were going to come out strong and really play with a lot of purpose in their game, a lot of speed, and they did that,” the Flames head coach said. Darryl Sutter.

The Flames can take comfort in the fact that they also lost 2-1 in their first round against the Dallas Stars and came back to win in seven games.

“They have the home advantage right now. We have to win a game here to get it back,” the Flames forward said Matthew Tkachuk. “We could have lost 10-0 tonight. We could have lost 1-0 in overtime. It’s the same result. We were in this position the last series. It’s not that hard of a recipe to figure out here. We just have to win a game and tie the series and go home.

“That’s the beauty of the playoffs, I guess – it’s a new game in a day and a half and we’re thrilled for that,” Andersson added. “Now we turn the page, we move on.”

Game 4 is Tuesday in Edmonton.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 22, 2022.

Shane Jones, The Canadian Press