Game 3 of the Battle of Alberta is set to begin at Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton tonight. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 6:00 p.m. The series shifts north up the QE II after the Oilers tied the series in Game 2 in a dramatic come-from-behind 5-3 victory in Calgary. You know the rink, and the city, will be rocking tonight for the first home game of the Battle of Alberta. LFG!! 🏒 🥅
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Oilers fans gearing up for Game 3
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Ice District Plaza to open at 4 p.m.
The Ford Tailgate Party in ICE District Plaza will be open tonight for Game 3 of the Battle of Alberta.
Gates to ICE District Plaza will open at 4:00 p.m.. There is no admission fee and food and beverages will be available for purchase. The game will be broadcast with sound on the jumbo screen in the plaza.
Oilers Mega 50/50 raffle nearing $4 million
The Mega 50/50 raffle has surpassed the $3.8-million mark Sunday as the Oilers gear up to face the Flames in Calgary for Game 3 tonight.
The 50/50 will run until 11:30 p.m. after Game 4 on Tuesday, with half the proceeds going towards the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF).
The Oilers Playoffs MEGA 50/50 has totalled over $18 million to date.
Oilers pushback changes landscape in Battle of Alberta
By Rob Tychkowski
They turned the series into a best-of-five with home-ice advantage shifting to Rogers Place.
They scored 13 goals (11 of which counted) on Calgary’s star goalie in two games.
They’ve gone on four-goal runs twice in two games, planting the seed deep in Calgary’s head that no lead of theirs will ever be safe.
They’ve made it very clear that the Flames don’t have an answer for Connor McDavid, mostly because there isn’t one.
After a 9-6 loss in Game 1 and an early 2-0 deficit in Game 2 made it seem like the Oilers were in over their heads against Calgary, it is suddenly looking like advantage Edmonton after Friday’s rousing 5-3 comeback squared the series.
As Michael Scott from The Office put it so eloquently when a corporate power struggle shifted in his favour: ‘Well, well, well, how the turntables.’
“We’re all happy with the split in Calgary, especially after the first game,” said Leon Draisaitl, whose breakaway goal iced a Game 2 triumph that changes everything. “We’re very happy coming home with a split.
“We had a good game Friday and still think we haven’t shown our best yet. We’re looking to do that Sunday.”
There’s no such thing as game-to-game momentum in the playoffs — the L.A. Kings won two in a row after losing 6-0 and 8-2 — but fighting back to win Game 2 absolutely changes the energy in this series.
Duncan Keith revels in playoff battle
By Rob Tychkowski
This is Duncan Keith’s time to shine.
Brought to Edmonton for his poise and experience in high-pressure situations, he delivered a masterful performance when the Oilers needed it most, picking up a goal and two assists in Friday’s massive 5-3 win.
“There’s no panic in his game, it settles our whole group down sometimes,” said Draisaitl. “Last game he was amazing. Vintage Dunky.”
His presence is also rubbing off on his young defence partner. The experience Bouchard is gaining not only from being two rounds deep in the playoffs, but also getting a firsthand education from a future Hall of Fame is going to last his whole career.
“It’s almost immeasurable when you’re talking about someone of Duncan Keith’s stature,” Woodcroft said of the impact Keith is having. “He’s going to be a Hall of Fame player; his resume speaks for itself. When Duncan might be passing on a tidbit of information, the weight that that carries from teammate to teammate is immeasurable.”
Bouchard says he is soaking up everything he can while embracing the post-season experience.
“He’s done pretty much everything you can as a defenceman. Won Stanley Cups, Norris Trophies, all that stuff. To be able play with him, learn from him and grow with him is something special. He’s taught me a lot.”
So have the Flames and L.A. Kings. Nothing develops a young player faster than a fiery playoff series, so the 22-year-old is aging in dog years. So are all the young Oilers.
“It’s awesome,” said Bouchard. “Everyone wants to play in the playoffs. It’s kind of what you dream of as a kid, playing playoff hockey. It’s huge for experience. To get this experience, for me and as a team, that’s great for us.”
Oilers’ McDavid taking his game to heights rarely seen before
By Steve Simmons
It will sound wrong and feel a little off when Auston Matthews is voted the most valuable player in the National Hockey League — if that happens.
Nothing against Matthews, really. It’s about Connor McDavid right now. He’s doing what’s never been done before. He’s doing what we’ve never seen before. He’s turning hockey into fast-break basketball, with one player, not a goaltender, changing games all by himself.
He has elevated his play, his intensity, his push to a level perhaps never seen before in hockey history. He has been great for years. He has been the league MVP before. This is a whole new McDavid playing this post-season for the Edmonton Oilers. This is a player without equal in the NHL.
Now on a very short list of those who have ever played.
I was fortunate enough to be in Calgary the night Wayne Gretzky scored seven playoff points against the Flames. The Battle of Alberta in 1983 was not much of a battle in those days. In Game 3, the Oilers beat the Flames 10-2 and finished the series with a 9-1 win. Gretzky was everywhere back then.
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