Kane’s 2nd period hat trick helps Oilers edge Flames 4-1

EDMONTON, Alta. (AP) — Evander Kane was without a team in January after his contract was terminated. He’s now a crucial member of Edmonton’s playoff push.

Kane scored three goals in six minutes in the second period, Leon Draisaitl set an NHL record with four assists in a playoff period and the Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in their second-round playoffs.

Kane signed with the Oilers in January, weeks after being waived by San Jose following a series of off-ice incidents.

“I’m just happy to be part of this group,” Kane said. “I’m just trying to do my part.”

Zach Hyman scored the other goal for Edmonton and Connor McDavid had three more assists. Mike Smith, who was briefly replaced by Mikko Koskinen in the third period after being run over by Milan Lucic, made 31 saves. Koskinen didn’t have to stop in just over four minutes.

McDavid now has 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 10 playoff games. The only players in NHL playoff history with more points in the same span are Wayne Gretzky (29 in 1983; 25 in 1985), Mario Lemieux (25 in 1992), and Rick Middleton (23 in 1983).

“He was on fire in the playoffs and took his game to the next level,” Kane said. “He doesn’t just do it on the scoresheet. This is what allows him to really show his talent. He is physical, he is involved. A dominant force.

Oliver Kylington scored Calgary’s only goal. Jacob Markstrom allowed four goals on 34 shots before being retired for the Flames, who have been outscored 8-1 since taking a 3-1 lead in the second period of Game 2. Dan Vladar made seven relief saves.

“We’re losing the second period 4-0,” Calgary defenseman Rasmus Andersson said. “We let one guy (McDavid) dominate.”

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