Connor McDavid’s star has been shining since the start of the playoffs and the Calgary Flames seem very annoyed to be practically beaten by a man in their series against the Edmonton Oilers.
McDavid added three assists to his tally in a 4-1 win on Sunday and has 23 points in 10 playoff games so far. Never before has a National Hockey League (NHL) player managed nine multi-point games in his first 10 playoff games.
So, like the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, the Flames don’t seem to have an answer to McDavid’s brilliance.
“We let one dominate the game,” regretted defender Rasmus Andersson, according to the Calgary Sun.
“We’re going to let a guy fight for a few games now,” added Matthew Tkachuk. We go back to the drawing board and find a way to stop him in the next game. They have a player who is halfway through and is playing good hockey at the moment. We have to find a way to stop this.”
When frustrated, Flames players keep an eye on goal. Now that the Oilers are leading 2-1 in this second-round series, winning Game 2 in Edmonton is imperative or coming back will be difficult.
They now want to use their experience against the Dallas Stars in the first round to advance. They erased a 2-1 series deficit and won in seven games.
“They have home field advantage right now. We have to win a game [à Edmonton] to get it back, Tkachuk argued. We could have lost 10-0 or 1-0 in extra time, it’s the same result.
“We were in that position in the last series. It’s not that hard to find a recipe; We just have to win a game, level the streak and go home.”
Not Markstrom’s fault
To change the look of the series, Jacob Markstrom will have his say as he has scored 15 goals in three games. He had given up just 11 in seven games against Dallas.
However, the Swede is not the source of the Flames’ problems and nobody in the team blames him.
“We all know we weren’t good enough before him,” Andersson said. We dropped it. How many excesses have they had? [dimanche], especially in the second period? And they took advantage of it. We just weren’t good enough and that cost us a lot.”
Game 4 is Tuesday in Edmonton.