The Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers will square off for a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The teams will face off next week in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals to decide which team will face the Eastern Conference champion for the biggest trophy in all of sports. The Avs eliminated the Blues Friday night in Game 6 at St. Louis to advance.
Fans interested in seeing the action live can head to StubHub, VividSeats or TicketNetwork, where tickets for all games are on sale now.
Game 1 takes place on Tuesday, May 31 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT in Colorado.
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Check out the full series schedule with ticket links:
- Tuesday, May 31: 8 p.m.: Edmonton at Colorado, TNT – Tickets on StubHub, VividSeats or TicketNetwork
- Thursday, June 2: 8 p.m.: Edmonton at Colorado, TNT – Tickets on StubHub, VividSeats or TicketNetwork
- Saturday, June 4: 8 p.m.: Colorado at Edmonton TNT – Tickets on StubHub, VividSeats or TicketNetwork
- Monday, June 6: 8 p.m.: Colorado at Edmonton TNT – Tickets on StubHub, VividSeats or TicketNetwork
- *Wednesday, June 8 TBD: Edmonton, Colorado TBD – Tickets on StubHub, VividSeats or TicketNetwork
- *Friday, June 10: TBD: Colorado to Edmonton, TBD – Tickets on StubHub, VividSeats or TicketNetwork
- *Sunday, June 12: TBD: Edmonton, Colorado, TBD – Tickets on StubHub, VividSeats or TicketNetwork
More from the AP series on Oilers-Flames:
CALGARY, Alta. (AP) — Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl dominated Alberta’s first playoff battle in 31 years.
It suited the dynamic Edmonton duo combined to end it.
McDavid scored 5:03 into overtime and the Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 Thursday night in Game 5 of the second-round playoff series to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
The Edmonton captain scored his seventh goal of the playoffs, beating Jacob Markstrom on a pass from Draisaitl to send the Oilers spilling over to the bench in celebration.
“Hard to put into words what that meant to me,” McDavid said. “The guys did a great job hanging on all night. It certainly wasn’t our best effort, but we stuck with it. I got great performances from a bunch of different guys.
“Just happy to contribute to an evening where I may not have done my best.”
Zach Hyman had a goal and two assists and Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi and Evan Bouchard also scored for the Oilers. Mike Smith made 32 saves as Edmonton won Alberta’s first playoff battle in 31 years.
Draisaitl added four assists – his fifth straight fight registering more than three points to build on the NHL playoff record he set in Game 4.
“He’s everything to us,” said Draisaitl, who is struggling with what is believed to be a lower-body injury sustained late in round one. “He’s our leader, he’s our trusted man, he’s the man everyone looks up to when they need him. He’s done it all season, he’s done it his whole career. He was amazing for us.Finally, you run out of words.
Both McDavid and Draisaitl have amassed 26 points to lead the playoffs so far.
“I just tried to get my legs moving,” McDavid said of the winner. “They didn’t move well all night – they just tried to focus on the skating and forechecked and handed the puck to Leo.
“Usually when the puck goes to Leo, something good will happen.”
The Oilers will face either the Colorado Avalanche or the St. Louis Blues in their first conference finals appearance since 2006. Colorado leads this series 3-2, with Game 6 scheduled for Friday in St. Louis.
“With what Connor has done, Leon’s performance has gone unnoticed,” said interim Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft, who replaced fired Dave Tippett on Feb. 10 and now has eight Cup victories in Edmonton. Stanley. “He’s the best passer in the National Hockey League — the best passer in the world. And the number of games he makes for our team is incredible. To do that with what he’s going through, he’s an absolute warrior.
“When I walked into that room (in) February, I was optimistic about our players because I saw a sincere desire to win there. Not just the desire to win, but I saw people willing to pay the price. prize to win.
Mikael Backlund had a goal and an assist and Johnny Gaudreau, Calle Jarnkrok and Andrew Mangiapane also scored for Calgary. Blake Coleman added two assists and Markstrom made 30 saves as the Flames fell to 0-10 as they led a playoff series 3-1.
“The series was Games 2, 4 and 5…they were all tied in the third period at the halfway point,” said Calgary head coach Darryl Sutter.
“Edmonton scored the big goal.
Coleman, who won the Cup the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, appeared to break a 4-4 tie with just under six minutes left in regulation after Backlund took the puck into the net from Edmonton. But the goal was overturned following a video review after it was ruled the winger kicked the puck over Smith’s goal line with his skate as he struggled with the Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci.
“I don’t think I understand the rule,” Coleman said. “From what I understand, you can direct the puck, but you just can’t hit it. I didn’t feel like I kicked.
“Unfortunately that was such a big part of the game and it influenced how it all played out.”
With his team trailing 1-0 after a faltering first period, Edmonton interim head coach Jay Woodcroft doubled Draisaitl and McDavid early in the second, and it almost paid off on some good chances.
But the Flames, who outscored the Oilers by seven points in the regular season to claim the Pacific Division crown, took a 2-0 lead at 5:41 when Backlund scored his fifth on a deft deflection.
The Oilers came on the board at 7:40 after Draisaitl protected the puck against Backlund before finding Nurse in the slot to shoot his second after a masked Markstrom.
Edmonton tied just 2:26 later on a 3-on-1 run when Markstrom could only get a piece of Hyman’s shot before Puljujarvi brought in his second goal as the Oilers erased another deficit from several goals on the road.
Then there was a crazy streak with four goals in 71 seconds.
Hyman scored his sixth goal of the series, and eighth of the playoffs, on the power play at 14:57 before Gaudreau tied it again at 3-all at 15:12 with his third.
Jarnkrok then scored his first as a member of the Flames since joining in a trade with the Seattle Kraken at 15:28 to make it 4-3.
But the Oilers responded again at 16:08 when Bouchard’s outburst beat Markstrom for his second as the teams set an NHL record for the fastest four goals in playoff history – 22 seconds faster than the previous mark set by the Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs in 1976.
“It was crazy,” Draisaitl said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
After a lukewarm start for both teams, the Flames took the lead at 10:13 of first when Mangiapane caught a terrific pass from Coleman for his third goal of the playoffs.
The winger’s first point of the series gave his team its first lead since the end of the second period in Game 2 – a 155-minute streak – which started a three-game losing streak to push Calgary to the brink of elimination.
One of three Vezina Trophy finalists as the league’s top goaltender in the regular season, Markstrom entered Thursday with a .850 save percentage in the series after posting a .943 mark in the Calgary win in seven games over the Dallas Stars in the first round.
After the Oilers, who beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 to set up the game with their provincial rival, killed a McDavid penalty for high sticking, the Flames goaltender had to scramble to keep the sprint of the captained Edmonton to the net from distance with the puck briefly left loose in the Calgary pocket.