Edmonton – Connor McDowidt did not surprise the teammates, the Oilers captain revealed an attack, a game after being shut down by the opposition.
McDavid beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night in the final between the Alberta rivals this season and added two assists.
The offensive performance came two days after Flames pushed McDowe off the scoresheet for the third time in a 5-3 Calgary victory this year.
“There’s nothing to surprise me with this kid,” said Oilers goalie Mike Smith, who made 29 saves for his 18th win. “It’s incredible how he can continue to progress better. When he closes one game, the next game he’s very hungry to get out there and help the team win. This is the person who says a lot about his maturity.
“Everyone knows how incredible he is on the ice, but I ‘ve seen a young man grow up to be the president of this hockey club.”
The Flames were proud to have emptied McDowell on Thursday, but it didn’t take long for Edmonton’s points leader to leave on Saturday.
McDowell led the Oilers 1-0, with a close-end game at 4:46 in the first in the power play. Starting behind his own net, he fed Edmonton captain Leon Trosyt in the neutral zone. McDowid blamed the last two defenders, the buck hung in front of Christopher Dane and Jacob Markstrom passed it for the 29th year in a row.
This is the first of four aids for Trosytil at night.
The Oilers (30-17-2) doubled their lead a few minutes later with a McDavid breakthrough. A good spin game in the offensive zone ended when McDowett saw Ethan Pierre on the edge of the net. Pierce One Timer, who may have been slightly away from Nikita Nestro, won the Markstrom stick side at 7:19.
In the second period, McDowell scored another goal in the power play, but he did not get it all in one shot, which was stopped at the door by defender Michael Stone.
“In a playoff series, you can’t lose two in a row,” McDowid said as he played his 400th career NHL game. “We were able to jump back into a series where they were fighting for their lives. It’s great hockey, it’s playoff hockey. We thought we did a great job of responding.”
It was another important game for Calgary (22-25-3) in the division playoff race, now eight points behind the Montreal Canadians for fourth and final playoff spot. Hubs came from behind to beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in extra time the previous Saturday.
With a 2-1 lead in the third, Calgary put pressure on the equalizer and played carefully to avoid a rematch. But Smith stopped all 11 shots he faced in the frame.
Calgary’s Johnny Cadrew was denied a big chance to join the board early in the second, his shot beating Smith when split, but coming out of the crossbar.
Gaudrow will not be denied in law later, however, as he extended his game to seven games at 10:48. Matthew Takachuk drove his way into the net and threw a shot at Smith, who kicked it right to Kadrew with his bat. Coutreau has 12 points from his last 10 games.
With the loss, the match against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday ended the time for the Flames with six games remaining this season.
“We’re disappointed in how we didn’t get the job done tonight,” Thanev said. “We can sit here and say this, but at the end of the day we lost the game. We weren’t good enough.”
Josh Archibald scored the first empty-net for Edmonton with 1:06 left in the game. The Dornell nurse added another 40 seconds later.
Notes: Edmonton blocked 17 shots. … Markstrom stopped 27 shots out of 25 in defeat. … finished with a 6-4 record against the Edmonton Flames. … Oilers have not lost back-to-back games since mid-March. … Edmonton’s next four games start on Monday against last-placed Vancouver Canucks.