Oilers Win Battle of Alberta, Move to Western Conference Final
Connor McDavid scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 5 on Thursday, giving the Oilers a 5-4 victory. With this win in hand, the Oilers have won the first Battle of Alberta in 30 years and are moving on to the Western Conference semifinals.
The overtime session only lasted five minutes. McDavid received a pass from teammate Leon Draisaitl, firing it past Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom for the win. It was Draisaitl's fourth assist of the night and McDavid's only goal of the game.
The game was particularly intense. Both teams made NHL history by getting four goals in the span of just 1:11, making history with the fastest four goals ever recorded in a playoff game. Hyman gave Edmonton a 3-2 lead, followed by Gaudreau and Jarnkok scoring for Calgary, before Bouchard tied up the game anew for 4-4.
Social media accordingly blew up from Edmontonians on the night of the win, getting some much needed gloating over Calgary.
Evander Kane also got some well wishes from young fans, which he shared on Instagram.
It will be Edmonton's ninth conference final appearance in franchise history and first since 2006. That season concluded with Carolina defeating the Oilers. This time around, the Oilers will face the winner of the Colorado Avalanche-St. Louis Blues series. Colorado currently leads the series, 3-2, and can end the Blues' season with a win in Game 6 on Friday.