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Draisaitl scores 50th goal, McDavid injured in Oilers win against Flames

Edmonton captain helped off ice in season finale; Gaudreau has assist, falls one shy of 100 points

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

Draisaitl pots 50th goal

EDM@CGY: Draisaitl wires wrister to join 50-goal club

Leon Draisaitl wires home a wrister from the circle to become the first Oilers player to score 50 goals in a season since 1986-87

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CALGARY -- Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid sustained a lower-body injury in a 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

McDavid injured his leg 3:42 into the second period in the Oilers season finale. The Edmonton captain was skating down the right side but was taken down by Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and collided with the goal post behind goalie Mike Smith.

"X-rays were negative," Edmonton coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Take him back home and do an MRI [Sunday] on him and see if it's anything different. He was in [the trainers' room] a long time. He had a lot of people looking at him. So far so good."


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Leon Draisaitl scored his 50th goal of the season, and Mikko Koskinen made 30 saves for Edmonton (35-38-9), which failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight season and for the 12th time in the past 13 seasons.

"We didn't find ourselves where we wanted to be, and at the end of the day it's the only goal that you have coming into the season, making the playoffs and from there anything happens," Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. "Near the end we started to push a little bit more and find our game consistently, but it just wasn't enough. Tough to swallow right now. Try to take some positives out of it that we can."

Video: EDM@CGY: McDavid leaves game with lower-body injury

Mark Jankowski scored, and Smith made 22 saves for Calgary (50-25-7), which clinched the Western Conference on March 31. The Flames will face the Colorado Avalanche in the first round.

"The fun's just about to start here," said Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau, who had an assist and finished the regular season with 99 points (36 goals, 63 assists). "We're looking forward to playoffs here and get things going."

The Flames will have home-ice advantage for as long as they remain in the first three rounds of the playoffs.

"We're ready, the fans are ready, the city is ready," Calgary defenseman Travis Hamonic said. "You can feel the buzz around the rink, around the city. When you're driving, everyone has the flags on their cars. That's awesome. This is the time of year. The weather's nice. You're playing these games and the whole city is behind you."

Draisaitl scored on a wrist shot 10:55 into the first period to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. He is the first Oilers player to have 50 goals in a season since Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri in 1986-87. Draisaitl finished second in the NHL in goals, one behind Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

"It's exciting, obviously," Draisaitl said. "It was something I've been working on and something that I've always obviously wanted to hit coming into this last game here. Guys kept trying to set me up. Luckily, one squeaked through."

Jankowski tied it 1-1 at 15:57 of the first when he tipped Hamonic's point shot.

Video: EDM@CGY: Jankowski tips shot past Koskinen

Alex Chiasson scored on a rebound during a power play at 4:57 of the second period to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead.

Darnell Nurse made it 3-1 at 5:21 of the third when he shot over Smith's glove on a 2-on-1.

"To a man, no one is happy," Nurse said. "Everyone's hungry to get back to work. You kind of wish you could hit fast-forward on the summer to be honest. We need to be better, simple as that.

"We've had different coaches, different GMs. At the end of the day, the guys on the ice controls what happens."

Video: EDM@CGY: Nurse picks the corner on Smith


They said it

"It's a tough play. I don't think he meant to necessarily hurt him; I think it's a quick play. He comes in with so much speed. Maybe if you're beat in the last game of the season, maybe pull back a little bit. But again, I understand that he wasn't trying to hurt him." -- Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on center Connor McDavid

"Watching the replay, I missed it and my stick sort of trips him. He's obviously a great player. It was tough. I was trying to ask him right away [if he was OK]. I think he was in a lot of pain there, so he wasn't saying much. Obviously with the result being what it is, if I had to do it all over again, you'd almost want to see myself let him go and not injure him, but that's easy to say after the fact. I'm going to ask around and hopefully get an answer and see if he's doing all right." -- Flames defenseman Mark Giordano


Need to know

McDavid's 116 points (41 goals, 75 assists) are the most by an Oilers player since Mark Messier had 129 (45 goals, 84 assists) in 1989-90. … Calgary's 107 points are the most since it had 117 in 1988-89; the Flames went on to win the Stanley Cup that season. … Gaudreau's 99 points are the most in a single season by a Flames player since Theo Fleury had 100 (34 goals, 66 assists) in 1992-93.


What's next

Oilers: Season over

Flames: Host the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of Western Conference First Round (TBA)

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