Calgary Flames fall short in evening series against Edmonton Oilers, but they remain confident despite being on the brink

The Calgary Flames It took a little miracle to get it. They almost did it.

The Flames were trailing the Edmonton Oilers They won by a score of 3-2 in the third quarter of Game 4 of their second-round playoff series. Rasmus Andersson The puck was shot from 132 feet away from the Flames' Blueline. It somehow beat Oilers goaltender Mike Smith To tie the game.

It was an unlikely play that brought Calgary back from a 3-0 deficit in the first period and got Calgary close to evening the series at 2:2.

This hope was quickly dashed when Calgary fell 5-3 in Game 4, and 3-1 in the best of seven series.

Calgary will now be eliminated in Game 5. In franchise history, the Flames have never won a 3-1 series loss.

Darryl Sutter, Flames coach said that he felt the team showed great resolve and resilience. “It was a winnable match for us tonight and we pretty much did it. I liked the way we played. We're in a hole. But we persevered tonight. We played a great game, I thought. It was close.”

The Flames began the first period with a disastrous start. It was only 21 seconds. Jacob Markstrom He made a terrible attempt to play the puck behind his net, and it landed on the stick of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins In front: Edmonton 1-0

Zach Hyman On the ensuing power play, it was 2-0. Markstrom was then beaten cleanly by Evander Kane With just over a minute remaining in the opening frame, the Oilers extended their lead even further.

Calgary fell 3-0 on the scoreboard by that time, but not in spirits.

Andersson stated that “Honestly, I don’t think we played that badly in the first period.” It was a game filled with bounces. They got two in their first period. It took us a lot to get back into it. It was a tight game in the third period. It was the fourth goal. [scored by Nugent-Hopkins] That took our life.”

Calgary recorded its own goals just 36 seconds apart during the second frame. Elias Lindholm On the power play and then Mikael Backlund To start a comeback. Given the way the game had ended, Andersson wasn't surprised to see his long-range goal.

“I saw it go towards the net as soon as I shot it. I saw immediately. [Smith] Andersson stated that he didn't see it. “I thought to my self real quick, This might go in. It did. It was a game that involved bounces both directions. They won one [off Markstrom's error] And we have one.”

Markstrom was crucial in saving Calgary in Game 4. Leon Draisaitl On the power play just before Andersson tied the game. He had 21 saves for the game (.840SV%). Calgary will need to see his best performance in Game 5.

Markstrom's night was a part of fighting back, Sutter said. “You have to dig in and hold on.”

However, the Flames may need some more bounces to make this series last. Although Calgary was positive after Tuesday's loss the mountain will not shrink.

Andersson said, “I think this was the greatest game we played in the series,” “We believe in our group. “We've been a great team and have been strong on home-ice all year. We must focus on winning one match at a time and go home. We don't have to win three games in succession.

“There is a reason we play seven.” [games]Backlund agreed. “We played well tonight. We played well as a team and fought back. It could have been any way. We know that we are strong at home.”

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