Battle of Alberta: Oilers Fight Back to Douse Flames 5-3


Calgary – Sports – The battle of Alberta is on. In Game One the Edmonton Oilers battled back with a strong third period to win 5-3 over the Calgary Flames.

It was 1991 the last time that the Oilers and Flames met in the playoffs. The Oilers have won four of the five playoff battles between the provincial rivals.

 Zach Hyman scored on a shorthanded breakaway midway through the third period for the Edmonton Oilers, who rallied for a 5-3 win against the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

Hyman shot high glove side on Jacob Markstrom to put the Oilers ahead 4-3 at 10:14. Leon Draisaitl then shot low blocker side on his own breakaway at 12:36 for the 5-3 final.

“I think it’s an emotional roller coaster,” Hyman said. “You’ve got to try to stay off of it as much as you can and stay even-keeled because it’s hockey, and some nights bounces are going to go your way and some nights they’re not. We’ve had kind of a roller coaster season where our backs have been against the wall, and our ability to push back has been second to none on any team I’ve been on.”

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1. Game 3 will be in Edmonton on Sunday.

“It’s playoff hockey, it’s not going to be perfect every single night,” Calgary forward Tyler Toffoli said. “Things happen within a game. We have to stay composed and not take penalties and honestly, play our type of hockey.”