Players from each the Flames and Oilers dog-piled on the ice throughout a third-period brawl in Game 3 of the second-round Stanley Cup playoff sequence on Sunday night time.
Flames ahead Milan Lucic charged Oilers goalie Mike Smith, who was dealing with the puck behind the online, together with his again turned away on the time.
Lucic’s arduous hit smashed Smith in opposition to the boards, inflicting him to lose his helmet. Players from each groups rapidly skated over to intervene whereas punches flew behind the online. The Oilers have been up 4-0 on the time in the Battle of Alberta, due to Evander Kane’s hat trick.
Lucic’s penalty included a five-minute main for charging and a 10-minute recreation misconduct. Edmonton’s Zack Kassian, Tyson Barie, and Brett Kulak received two minutes apiece for roughing — the identical penalty Flames gamers Nikita Zadorov, Trevor Lewis, and Brett Ritchie obtained.
“I don’t think my head hit anything,” Smith said after the sport. “My helmet came off, but I didn’t get hit in the head. I didn’t really know what happened. I was playing the puck, and the next thing I know, I’m getting buried into the end boards.”
Smith was pressured to depart the sport as a result of NHL’s concussion protocol and was changed by backup Mikko Koskinen, who didn’t face a shot in his 4:19 in the online.
Smith returned to a standing ovation earlier than he gave up a aim to Flames defenseman Oliver Kylington. But it wasn’t sufficient to beat the Oilers, who topped the Flames 4-1 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 sequence lead.
Calgary coach Darryl Sutter stated he believed Lucic tried to decelerate whereas approaching Smith earlier than the collision.
“They called [it a penalty for] charging, correct? Can you imagine if Looch did charge?” Sutter stated. “What would have happened there? He actually tried to slow it down a little bit, I think. But it is what it is, it’s the score [being 4-0] and who it was and that’s what they called.”
The Oilers host the Flames for Game 4 on Tuesday.