After an unpredictable and wild back-and-forth in Calgary, there was only one way of game 3 in players from the Edmonton Oilers. Who hammered the Flames 4-1 to secure the series lead by 2-1 over their provincial opponents with a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series and the Battle of Alberta.
Evander Kane made a natural hat-trick within just six minutes in the second quarter to blow up the entire game. However, what differentiated them from the Albertan teams in Game 3 was their star-studded performance or, more specifically, the distribution of superstars in the Oiler’s Two superstar players of the Oilers.
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl joined forces to record the seven assists recorded by the Oilers and set up the most simple of outcomes for their teammates, displaying outstanding ability, shrewdness and control.
Kane didn’t have to change his move to score his record-setting 10th goal following McDavid’s last trick assisted in putting the hats on the Ice.
Smith Withdrew From Concussion Protocol
In the nets, Mike Smith was far less active and less active than Jacob Markstrom. But outshone his opponent with ease and made 32 saves to secure the win. Smith had to withdraw from the game in order to undergo concussion protocol during the closing period after Smith was hit on the final of the boards after being pushed into the boards by Flames enforcement officer Milan Lucic while playing the puck in front of his net.
Oliver Kylington scored the Flames only goal of the match just before Smith returned to the ovation of fans in the game that Edmonton played well from the start.
In certain ways, the kind of night hockey players have been anticipating since McDavid joined the league seven years ago.
No. 97 has obviously been dominating since the postseason started. It is now emerging as the most significant postseason story so far. Having accumulated the fourth-highest number of points over the course of 10 games during Stanley Cup Playoffs history.
However, as with McDavid as well as the Oilers, it’s always the feeling that it’s just a moment. It was like that when the Oilers required to put in a Herculean effort by McDavid to barely beat the L.A. Kings in Round 1. It was similar when the Flames beat Edmonton in the first game after showing themselves to be the superior team throughout their regular season.
After this game, and then evaluating the run, it’s less about one player pulling the team to as much as could.
McDavid Issues To Resolve
There are some issues McDavid is constantly trying to solve internally, but it is more connected with the potential to become more prosperous in Edmonton.
- McDavid was unable to create a 21-shot first period.
- McDavid isn’t the only one who can stop the four Flames power plays.
- He cannot be the only one to take out the four Flames players who are powerhouses.
- McDavid was not always able to find the kind of linemate who can get in a tight manner the way Kane can.
Under the impressive numbers for McDavid and the reality. There are only 2 players in the history of football. Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux had more scoring points over 10 games in the first week of a post season. The Oilers are quietly doing excellent things. There are some winning actions.
That, in turn, permits McDavid to pursue his goals.
On a night that McDavid’s pal, Canadian men’s soccer star Alphonso Davies, was in the stadium. McDavid demonstrated some brilliant technique of his own, prior to assisting Kane in his second goal of the evening.
It was a Draisaitl No. 29 that Davies was wearing placed on the back of his body during the time he was at Rogers Place. Presumably in reference to their German connection.
Draisaitl & McDavid Working Together
While clearly struggling with an injury Draisaitl has streamlined his approach and continues to aid McDavid to raise his level and remain productive for himself.
Draisaitl played the role of the connective tissue of Zach Hyman’s icebreaker. It was his sixth postseason win.
McDavid and Draisaitl ended the game with a score of seven, with six attempts and a 4-0 goal score differential.
They made a difference in the game and are still in the game.
The gap is getting wider due to the fact that lately McDavid and Draisaitl haven’t been making progress in gaining ground. They’re building on the other elements that are working in Edmonton.
The most prominent player is Smith who has conceded only two goals from 61 shots in the past five minutes. In which the Oilers have taken over the game.
Control can be an uncontrollable force during Game 4 on Tuesday night in Edmonton.