McDavid, Oilers knock out Flames in overtime, head to Western Final

CALGARY, Alta. (AP) — Connor McDavid scored 5:03 into overtime and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 on Thursday to win the second-round playoff series in five games and advance to the Western Conference Finals.

The Edmonton captain scored his seventh goal of the playoffs, beating Jacob Markstrom on a pass from Leon Draisaitl to send the Oilers spilling over to the bench in celebration.

Zach Hyman had a goal and two assists and Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi and Evan Bouchard also scored for the Oilers. Mike Smith made 32 saves as Edmonton won Alberta’s first playoff battle in 31 years.

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

Both McDavid and Draisaitl have amassed 26 points to lead the playoffs so far.

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

Mikael Backlund had a goal and an assist and Johnny Gaudreau, Calle Jarnkrok and Andrew Mangiapane also scored for Calgary. Blake Coleman added two assists and Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves as the Flames fell to 0-10 as they led a playoff series 3-1.

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