After falling behind 2 – 0 six minutes into the game and 3 – 1 two minutes into the second, you might not have blamed the Edmonton Oilers for thinking "here we go again," referring to the opener of their series with Calgary, won 9 – 6 by the Flames Wednesday night. However, the Oilers proved they are a resilient group by scoring four unanswered goals to come away with a 5 – 3 decision last night (May 20) to gain a split of the series heading back to Rogers Place in Edmonton.
After being pulled early in game one after allowing three goals on just six shots, Mike Smith was back between the pipes for the Oilers. Things didn't start a lot better as goals by Michael Stone and Brett Ritchie gave Calgary a 2 – 0 lead just as the game ticked past the six-minute mark.
Duncan Keith's first goal of the playoffs got the Oilers on the board to make the score 2 – 1 after the first but a powerplay goal by Tyler Toffoli two minutes into the second restored Calgary's two-goal lead.
It appeared that Leon Draisaitl had pulled the Oilers back to within one but the goal was called off for goaltender interference by Connor McDavid. The Oilers superstar made up for it just moments later, making it 3 – 2. Evan Bouchard scored on the powerplay to even things at 3 – 3 heading into the third.
Midway through the period Calgary was once again pressing on the powerplay when Rasmus Andersson mishandled the puck before Ryan Nugent-Hopkins pushed it ahead to Zach Hyman who went in alone and beat Calgary goaltender Jacob Markstrom for the eventual winner. Leon Draisaitl added the final goal just over two minutes later, with an assist going to goalie Smith to even the series for Edmonton. Both Smith and Markstrom faced 40 shots in the game.
Now that the Oilers have taken home-ice advantage away from the Flames, the series moves up the QE II highway for games three and four which will be played tomorrow (Sunday) and Tuesday. Puck drop for tomorrow night's third game is at 6:00 pm.
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