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McDavid, Oilers Eliminate Flames in Chaotic Game 5

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McDavid, Oilers Eliminate Flames in Chaotic Game 5

The Calgary Flames have seen their playoff hopes crushed at the hands of provincial rival Edmonton Oilers. Dreams of Stanley Cup glory will have to wait, for at least another year.

Although one of the closest series around, the back-and-forth, highly-entertaining battle of Alberta only lasted five games. And it took until the fifth game for the second round matchup to reach extra minutes. Needing overtime for the first time all series, it was none other than Connor McDavid who finished off the Flames just five minutes into the extra frame.

Despite ending on a sudden-death, game-winner, the final goal of the game – or the moments leading up to it for that matter – was not even the most entertaining part of the affair.

A 71-second stretch of the second period featured four goals – two by each team – had nearly every hockey ‘expert’ scratching his/her head in disbelief. The four-goal stretch was the fastest in NHL postseason history, besting the previous record by a full 22 seconds.

Yes, it was that quick.

 

But then in the third period, it appeared the Flames had pulled ahead 5-4, but a Blake Coleman redirection marker was waved off due to what the referees determined was a ‘distinct kicking motion’ causing the puck to propel into the net.

With both teams unable to find another goal, the game went into overtime and McDavid needed just one high-danger chance to seal the deal. His high-slot shot beat Jacob Markstrom low, glove-side sending the Oilers to the third round where they will take on either the Colorado Avalanche or the St. Louis Blues.

For the Flames, it was the series that got away. Having won the opening contest at home, Calgary then proceeded to lose Game No. 2 at home, before travelling north to Edmonton for two games. Those matchups did not go well, as the Oilers took both games and then finished off their provincial rival in overtime in front of the C of Red at the Saddledome – not the result that most of those in attendance in Calgary were expecting.

With Tampa Bay having already advanced to the third round, Edmonton is the second team to earn a spot in the conference final. Colorado currently leads St. Louis three games to two, while the Carolina Hurricanes are also up 3-2 over the New York Rangers.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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