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Evander Kane’s hat trick lifts Oilers over Flames in Game 3

EDMONTON, Alberta — Evander Kane had three targets in a six-minute span in the second interval, Leon Draisaitl set an NHL report with 4 assists in one playoff interval and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Sunday evening to take a 2-1 lead in their second-round playoff collection.

Zach Hyman had the opposite aim for Edmonton and Connor McDavid had three extra assists. Mike Smith, who was briefly changed by Mikko Koskinen in the third interval after getting run over by Milan Lucic, made 31 saves. Koskinen wasn’t pressured to make a cease in simply over 4 minutes.

Oliver Kylington scored the lone aim for Calgary. Jacob Markstrom allowed 4 targets on 34 photographs earlier than getting pulled for the Flames, who’ve been outscored 8-1 since taking a 3-1 lead in the second interval of Game 2. Dan Vladar made seven saves in aid.

Evander Kane scores during the Oilers' Game 3 win over the Flames.
Evander Kane scores through the Oilers’ Game 3 win over the Flames.
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McDavid now has 23 factors (six targets, 17 assists) by means of 10 postseason video games. The solely gamers in NHL playoff historical past with extra factors in the identical span are Wayne Gretzky (29 in 1983; 25 in 1985), Mario Lemieux (25 in 1992) and Rick Middleton (23 in 1983).

The Oilers will look to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven collection Tuesday evening at Edmonton.

In the primary playoff meeting in Edmonton to function the Oilers and Flames since April 14, 1991, the Oilers scored 4 targets in simply over 12 minutes in the second interval — together with Kane’s second hat trick of the month.

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The Oilers reduce their collection deficit to 2-1.
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Hyman opened the scoring 52 seconds into the interval off a setup from Draisaitl and McDavid for his sixth aim of the postseason.

Kane, who signed with the Oilers in January after having his contract terminated by the San Jose Sharks following a string of off-ice incidents, scored his first of the evening at 6:58 off a feed from Draisaitl.

Kane made it 3-0 simply 53 seconds later after a formidable rush by McDavid after stepping previous Calgary defenseman Noah Hanifin.

Kane accomplished his hat trick — the seventh-fastest in NHL postseason historical past — together with his tenth aim of the playoffs at 12:58 on a 2-on-1 with McDavid.

Zach Hyman, left and Connor McDavid celebrate during the Pilers' Game 3 win over the Flames.
Zach Hyman, left and Connor McDavid rejoice through the Oilers’ Game 3 win over the Flames.
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The 30-year-old Kane is the third Edmonton participant to attain three straight targets in a postseason recreation, becoming a member of Gretzky (1983) and Petr Kilma (1991). Draisaitl’s fourth help of the second interval, in the meantime, set the playoff report for any interval.

Markstrom, who allowed 11 mixed targets in Games 1 and a couple of after posting a .941 save share in the opening spherical in opposition to the Dallas Stars, obtained the hook in favor of Vladar to start out the third.

Lucic ran over Smith behind the Oilers’ web halfway by means of the third to kick off a melee involving all 10 skaters. The Edmonton netminder was subsequently eliminated in favor of Koskinen, however returned shortly later.

Kylington obtained a comfort aim for the guests — his first of the playoffs — with underneath 5 minutes to go.

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