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McDavid scores OT winner as Oilers eliminate Flames

The Edmonton Oilers are in the Western Conference Finals.

Connor McDavid scored after 5:03 of overtime as the Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames 5-4 on Thursday and won their second-round playoff series 4-1.

The Edmonton captain fired his seventh goal of the postseason past Jacob Markstrom after a pass from Leon Draisaitl to send the Oilers over the bench to celebrate.

Zach Hyman with one goal and two assists, Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi and Evan Bouchard also scored for the Oilers. Mike Smith made 32 saves as Edmonton won their first post-season Battle of Alberta in 31 years.

Draisaitl added four assists – his fifth straight contest with more than three points to build on the NHL playoff record he set in Game 4.

CLOCK | McDavid Scores OT Winner:

The Oilers advance to the Western Conference Finals with McDavid’s overtime goal in Game 5

Connor McDavid’s overtime winner leads Edmonton to a 5-4 win over Calgary. The Oilers win the series 4-1 and earn a spot in the Western Conference Finals.

McDavid and Draisaitl have both accumulated 26 points so far to lead the playoffs.

The Oilers will face either the Colorado Avalanche or the St. Louis Blues in their first conference final since 2006. Colorado leads that series 3-2 with Game 6 scheduled for Friday in St. Louis.

Mikael Backlund with a goal and an assist, Johnny Gaudreau, Calle Jarnkrok and Andrew Mangiapane responded for Calgary. Blake Coleman added two assists while Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves as the Flames fell 10-0 at 3-1 in a playoff series deficit.

Coleman, who won the trophy with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the last two seasons, appeared to tie for a 4-4 with just under six minutes left after Backlund put the puck hard into Edmonton’s net. But the goal was waved off after video review after it was ruled the winger kicked the puck with his skate across Smith’s goal line while struggling with Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci.

CLOCK | Coleman’s goal waved off:

Coleman’s potential game-winning goal for Flames was dismissed after review

Calgary’s Blake Coleman usually scores with fewer than six remaining, but the goal is disallowed after video review as it is decided that Coleman used a significant kicking motion.

With his team trailing 1-0 after a tentative first half, Edmonton interim head coach Jay Woodcroft made double substitutions early in the second half for Draisaitl and McDavid, which almost paid off on a couple of good occasions.

But the Flames, who overtook the Oilers by seven points in the regular season and captured the Pacific Division crown, went 2-0 up by 5:41 when Backlund scored his fifth goal with a skillful save.

The Oilers got on the board at 7:40 after Draisaitl protected the puck against Backlund before finding Nurse in the slot so he could fire his second past a shielded Markstrom.

Edmonton equalized just 2:26 later in a 3-on-1 rush when Markstrom was only able to get part of Hyman’s shot before Puljujarvi swept home his second as the Oilers erased another multi-goal deficit on the road.

The offensive floodgates then really opened up over a wild stretch that saw four pucks find the back of the net in 71 seconds.

Hyman scored his sixth goal of the series and eighth of the postseason on a power play at 14:57 before Gaudreau leveled again at 3-3 with his third at 15:12.

Jarnkrok then scored his first goal as a member of the Flames since coming 4-3 in a trade with the Seattle Kraken at 15:28.

But the Oilers responded again at 4:08 p.m. when Bouchard’s blast beat Markstrom for his second as the teams set an NHL record for the fastest four goals in playoff history — 22 seconds faster than the previous mark set by the Philadelphia Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs was drafted in 1976.

After a tepid start for both teams in a nervous Scotiabank Saddledome, the Flames took a 10-13 lead when Mangiapane took a great pass from Coleman to bury his third goal of the playoffs.

The winger’s first point of the streak gave his side their first lead since the end of the second period of Game 2 – a stretch of exactly 155 minutes – that started a streak of three straight losses to see Calgary on the brink of elimination .

Markstrom, one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy for the league’s top goaltender in the regular season, entered the series Thursday with a .850 percent saving after winning in Calgary’s seven-game win over the Dallas Stars in the opening round had scored a .943 mark.

After the Oilers, who beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 to set up the matchup with their provincial rivals, fended off a McDavid high-stick penalty, the Flames goaltender struggled to contain the Edmonton captain’s shot The puck is briefly exposed in Calgary’s crease.

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