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RELEASE: Oilers, Avalanche to face off in Western Conference Final

Round 3 series will start Tuesday with Game 1 at Ball Arena in Denver; Oilers went 1-0-2 against Avalanche during regular season

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers quest for the Cup will go through Colorado.

The Western Conference Final matchup is now set as Edmonton will face the Avalanche starting with Game 1 on Tuesday at Ball Arena in Denver.

The Oilers claimed four of a possible six points in three games against the Avalanche this season with a 3-2 overtime loss on March 21, 2-1 shootout defeat on April 9 and 6-3 regulation victory on April 22 as Evander Kane recorded a four-point night with three goals and an assist.

Video: COL@EDM: Kane nets 3 goals in 2 period for hat trick

Here's the Round 3 series schedule, all times Mountain:

Game 1: Tuesday, May 31 @ Colorado, 6pm
Game 2: Thursday, June 2 @ Colorado, 6pm
Game 3: Saturday, June 4 @ Edmonton, 6pm
Game 4: Monday, June 6 @ Edmonton, 6pm
Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, June 8 @ Colorado, TBD
Game 6 (if necessary): Friday, June 10 @ Edmonton, TBD
Game 7 (if necessary): Sunday, June 12 @ Colorado, TBD

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BLOG: Draisaitl sets NHL record for five-game series

Oilers forward is rewriting the Stanley Cup Playoffs record book while helping his team reach the Western Conference Final

by Ryan Frankson @RyanFrankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Quite simply the greatest five-game series performance in NHL history.

Leon Draisaitl's 17 points in five appearances during the Battle of Alberta second-round matchup are the most by any player in a five-game series in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The German superstar's two goals and 15 assists also gave him the most points in any Battle of Alberta playoffs series and were tied for the third most in any playoff series of any length.

Video: EDM@CGY, Gm2: Smith finds Draisaitl for breakaway

Draisaitl put up three points in Game 1, three more in Game 2, four in Game 3, three in Game 4 and four more in last night's deciding Game 5 to become the first player in NHL history to record three or more points in five consecutive playoff games. In fact, no other player has recorded three or more points in more than three straight post-season contests.

"He was amazing," his 'ride-or-die' teammate Connor McDavid said following the Game 5 win. "That's all you can really say. It's hard to put into words how amazing he was out there. Every game he dominated from start to finish. It was fun to watch."

McDavid and Draisaitl are tied for the scoring lead in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 26 points, and Draisaitl now has 53 points (18 goals, 35 assists) in 33 career playoff games, tying him with Mario Lemieux for the highest career playoff points-per-game average (1.61), trailing only Wayne Gretzky at 1.84.

Edmonton's dynamic duo joins Gretzky, Lemieux, Mark Messier and Rick Middleton as the only players in NHL history to record 26 or more points through their first 12 playoff games.

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BLOG: Oilers only at the halfway mark

A massive series win in the Battle of Alberta is not meant to be the end of the Oilers run, just a midway point

by Michael Arcuri @arcurimike / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Battle of Alberta was built up to be a grand spectacle for everyone who enjoys the game of hockey, and for a series that was 31 years in the making, it absolutely lived up to the hype.

Despite all the jubilation and elation that comes with vanquishing your provincial foe, this isn't the end for the Oilers. It's only an intermission.

"It's a great feeling. I'm sure the people at home are very excited about it, but again we're only halfway," Leon Draisaitl said. "We're very excited, happy, and proud of what we've achieved so far this post-season, but there's more to be had for us. That's our ultimate goal. We obviously celebrate this for a day and be proud of it, but we're getting ready for the next round."

Video: POST-RAW | Leon Draisaitl 05.26.22

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GAME RECAP: Oilers 5, Flames 4 (OT - Game 5)

McDavid builds on his NHL legacy with the overtime winner in Game 5 to send the Oilers to the Western Conference Final

by Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach / EdmontonOilers.com

CALGARY, AB - Trenches breached. Infantry retreating. Lines of communication cut off.

The Battle of Alberta in the Stanley Cup Playoffs has been won in overtime, and the final charge was led by who else?

Captain Connor McDavid.

McDavid scored the game-winner 5:03 into extra time, securing the Edmonton Oilers the series win over their provincial rivals with a 5-4 victory on Thursday night in Game 5 to send the Orange & Blue to the Western Conference Finals.

But a captain is nothing without his soldiers.

Leon Draisaitl provided the game-winning helper as part of a four-assist evening, finishing the series with 17 points in five games. Zach Hyman had a goal and two assists to conclude the series having scored in every game, and Mike Smith battled to make 32 saves on 36 shots for his fourth-straight win and eighth of the post-season.

The Oilers will face either the St. Louis Blues or the Colorado Avalanche for the right to contest the Stanley Cup Final.

"We all want to win. Everybody wants to win," McDavid said. "Our group has been through a lot this year and in years past. It's just made us hungrier and hungrier to be successful. We had to learn a lot of lessons along the way. It's got us to this point and we want to keep it going."

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game 5 at CGY 05.26.22

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LIVE BLOG: Oilers at Flames (Game 5)

Get minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers try to eliminate the Flames in Game 5 of the Battle of Alberta in Calgary

by Staff @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers look to finish off their second-round series with the Calgary Flames in Game 5 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet West or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED.

Follow along with our in-game blog for tweets, highlights, updates and more.

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Flames (Game 5)

The Oilers look to wrap up the Battle of Alberta in Game 5 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night

by Jamie Umbach & Michael Arcuri @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers pre-game coverage is presented by SkipTheDishes

The Edmonton Oilers look to finish off their second-round Battle of Alberta series against the Calgary Flames in Game 5 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet West or listen live on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game 5 at CGY 05.26.22

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OIL KINGS: Edmonton one win away from WHL Final

Sourdif scores the winner for the second straight game while Guenther tallies his 13th of the playoffs as the Oil Kings beat Winnipeg 4-2

by Ryan Frankson @RyanFrankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - One win away from a berth in the championship.

The Oil Kings doubled up the Winnipeg ICE 4-2 on Wednesday night at Rogers Place to take a 3-1 lead in the WHL Eastern Conference Final and will have a chance to advance to the league championship series with Game 5 on Friday. Tickets are available for the potential clinching game via Ticketmaster.

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Carter Souch scored his sixth and seventh goals of the playoffs for the first two Oil Kings tallies in Game 4, while Justin Sourdif accounted for the eventual winner for the second consecutive game, and Dylan Guenther grabbed his team-leading 13th for the insurance marker to close out the victory.

Josh Williams assisted on three of Edmonton's four goals to claim first-star honours while Sebastian Cossa stopped 20 shots between the pipes to improve to 11-1-0 in the playoffs as the Oil Kings out-shot the ICE significantly again, 36-22.

The Western Conference Final is tied 2-2 between the Seattle Thunderbirds and Kamloops Blazers.

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PROJECTED LINEUP: Oilers vs. Flames (Game 5)

View the Oilers projected lines, D pairings and starting goaltender for Game 5 against Calgary on Thursday

by Staff @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

CALGARY, AB - The Edmonton Oilers will have the opportunity to eliminate the Calgary Flames from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday night at Scotiabank Saddledome up 3-1 in this second-round Battle of Alberta series.

Head Coach Jay Woodcroft is expected to roll out the same lines from Tuesday's 5-3 victory in Game 4 at Rogers Place.

Tweet from @TonyBrarOTV: Evander Kane, Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse not on the ice this morning. All expected to play tonight in Game 5. Expect no changes to the lineup as the Oilers look to advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2006. #Oilers

Evander Kane celebrated the birth of his son Iverson Frank Kane on Wednesday and didn't travel with the team yesterday afternoon to Calgary, but the Oilers leading scorer this post-season is expected to be in the lineup tonight.

Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse did not participate in the morning skate, with their respective spots on the top forward line and top defensive pairing being held by Devin Shore and Philip Broberg.

View the Oilers projected lineup below:

Kane - McDavid - Draisaitl 
Hyman - RNH - Puljujarvi
Foegele - McLeod - Yamamoto
Archibald - Ryan - Kassian

Nurse - Ceci
Keith - Bouchard
Kulak - Barrie

Smith
Koskinen

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BLOG: Wednesday's travel day to Calgary

The Oilers took a short flight south to Calgary on Wednesday with their sights set on closing out the series with the Flames on Thursday night in Game 5

by Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach / EdmontonOilers.com

CALGARY, AB - Just one more win to advance.

One more victory for the Edmonton Oilers over their rivals the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of their second-round Battle of Alberta series will book their ticket to the Western Conference Finals, and the focus in the Orange & Blue camp remains solely on the simple aspect of putting their best game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs forward on Thursday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Oilers boarded a short flight south to Calgary on Wednesday afternoon after showing resiliency to respond to the Flames equalizing Game 4 after being up three goals on an unorthodox clearance that saw Rasmus Andersson airmail the tying goal into Edmonton's net after the puck wasn't picked up in Mike Smith's sights.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game-winner late in the game to hand the Oilers a 3-1 series advantage heading back to Calgary.

"I don't even think we can think that far ahead," forward Zach Hyman said. "We flush last game, we won, and now we just move on and get ready to play what I think needs to be our best game of the series. Obviously they're going to be desperate and we need to match that desperation."

Video: RAW | Derek Ryan 05.25.22

Matching Calgary's desperation in an elimination scenario will come from Edmonton's own motivations for closing out the series on the road.

"We don't want to go back to our barn," forward Derek Ryan said from the team hotel. "We want to end their season tomorrow, so that's our desperation level. I don't think it's an on and off switch -- you can't just be drifting and hoping it happens tomorrow. We have to be desperate from the start and play one good game."

 The players in the Oilers dressing room understand from experience what to expect from the Flames in their home arena on Thursday night having been in a similar situation down 3-2 in their first-round series with the Los Angeles Kings, knowing the onus will be on themselves to eliminate their rivals.

"I think any team that has their back against the wall and facing an elimination game, it's hard to beat the team and knock them out. I think we're expecting their best version. I think that's to be expected and that's what we're prepared for.

It's really hard to knock a team out, so I think you have to get excited for that opportunity and you just take everything one game at a time."

Video: RAW | Zach Hyman 05.25.22

Overcoming adversity in the first round and in Game 4 on Tuesday night helped the Oilers better understand their own ability and identity. Further, it sets the expectation for what Calgary is going to throw at them with their post-season lives on the line.

"We have a strong belief in who we are," Head Coach Jay Woodcroft said. "I think in Game 6 last series, we played towards our identity. We played fast, we played simple, we got off to a good start, and we carried that game into Game 7 as well. I think that goes back to that belief in being wholly sure of ourselves.

"What it does is allows us to understand the mindset required for success tomorrow. We're here to win a game, we're here to play our best game of the series."

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GAME RECAP: Oilers 5, Flames 3 (Game 4)

Nugent-Hopkins nets the biggest goal of his career late in Game 4 to help lead the Oilers to a 5-3 win and 3-1 series advantage over the Flames

by Jamie Umbach @JamieUmbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Nuge came up the hugest he ever has for the Edmonton Oilers over his 11 seasons in Orange & Blue.

The Oilers staked themselves to a 3-0 lead in the first period behind goals from Zach Hyman, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Evander Kane before the Calgary Flames forged their comeback over the next two frames to level the score heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation.

With time in regulation dwindling down, Nugent-Hopkins scored the biggest goal of his career and his second of the night at the most critical moment by beating Jacob Markstrom on the rebound from a shot by Tyson Barrie with 3:27 remaining.

"Yeah, I don't think there's a question about that," Nugent-Hopkins said of the magnitude of his game-winner. "Obviously a lot of work left to do, but you'd rather be up 3-1 than 2-2."

Kane added an empty-netter in the final minute, sealing the 5-3 victory in Game 4 at Rogers Place and to give the Oilers a 3-1 series advantage in this second-round Battle of Alberta.

"I think Ryan is someone who's someone who's the longest-serving Oiler right now," Head Coach Jay Woodcroft said. "He's probably going to go down by the end of his career as one of the players who's played the most games in an Oilers uniform, so to see him come up big in a big moment when the team needed him, it's inspiring."

The Oilers can eliminate their provincial rivals with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game 4 vs CGY 02.24.22

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