First Battle of Alberta to Occur in NHL Playoffs In 31 Years

Updated: Jun 6


Get ready for Round 2 of the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs featuring a Battle of Alberta series for the first time since 1991.


The provincial clash between the Oilers and the Flames was set Sunday after Johnny Gaudreau scored in overtime for Calgary to ice a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in a thrilling Game 7.


Johnny Gaudreau scored the overtime winner at 15:09 over Stars goalie Jake Oettinger, who made 61 saves in the game.


"You dream about stuff like that, scoring in a Game 7 in overtime," Gaudreau said.


The Flames will face the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference's semifinal in the first post-season Battle of Alberta since 1991. The series opens Wednesday in Calgary.



"I've been here for nine years and never had even a sniff of a chance to play them in playoffs, so it's pretty special," Gaudreau said. "It's going to be a lot of fun, good for the province, going to be a lot of fun for them, for us. It's going to be a pretty cool series."


Gaudreau's goal was his second of the series after scoring on a penalty shot in Game 4. His assist on Tkachuk's goal was one of six.


"Johnny had a really strong series," Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said.


Tyler Toffoli and Matthew Tkachuk scored their first goals of the series for the Flames. Calgary's goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 shots and had an assist in the win.

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