Oh my goodness, what did we just witness in Game 5 between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames?! The Battle of Alberta (playoff edition) did not disappoint one bit!
Let’s start with one of the most controversial calls of the year:
— Sauce Hockey (@saucehockey) May 27, 2022
I know there’s a lot of controversy around the call but there’s absolutely no doubt that the better team won that series. What do you think, Oilersnation? Talk to me in the comments.
Okay, let’s move onto the most insane 1:11 minutes we’ve ever seen in hockey…
(I feel like everyone must have been at max heart rate during this time)
Flames and Oilers set an NHL record for the fastest 4 goals in a playoff game (1:11)
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) May 27, 2022
And then there’s this stat from Bob Stauffer that sums up the BoA very nicely for Oilers fans:
The Calgary Flames had the 3rd best Defensive team in the NHL in the regular season averaging 2.51 GAA per game.
The @EdmontonOilers scored 25 goals in 5 Games.
Leon Draisaitl 2-15-17 in the series.
Oilers now 5-1 All-Time in the BOA.
Enjoy it Oil Country!
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) May 27, 2022
Game 5 also happened to fall on a very important and special day…
— Mike Stelter (@m_dan25) May 26, 2022
…which made this iconic moment even more memorable for all of Oilersnation. Happy Birthday Ben!
— NHL (@NHL) May 27, 2022
While hockey fans across the world tuned into the BoA, many of them started to learn a valuable lesson on Connor McDavid:
— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) May 27, 2022
While other fans took the time to voice their appreciation and respect for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins:
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been an Oiler for 11 years. He’s been through more shit in Edmonton than any player I can think of. He never asked out once. Him smiling at Oilers fans, chanting to him during his media availability last night, is all I need to see. I’m so happy for him. pic.twitter.com/0QoFXCOPJI
— Brett Jeffrey (@fields1096) May 25, 2022
This BoA playoff series was so important, some pretty crazy bets were made!
Case and point: Ryan Whitney and Paul Bissonnette.
Now, please correct me if I’m wrong but this is how I think the bet went down:
If Calgary beat Edmonton in round two of the playoffs, Ryan Whitney had to pierce his ears.
If Edmonton beat Calgary in round two of the playoffs, Paul Bissonette had to shave his head.
If you haven’t already watched this video, I highly recommend it. Ryan Whitney is peak comedy.
— Ryan Whitney (@ryanwhitney6) May 27, 2022
The banter between these two was so funny, even the Oilers got involved once Edmonton secured their spot in the third round:
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 27, 2022
Now for the best part! Here are some of my favourite posts from Oilers fans themselves:
the edmonton oilers came, they saw, and they won four straight a calgary flames team many said would be competing for the stanley cup this year. edmonton's horses got it done, but their depth played a key role.
they talked the talk and walked the walk.
— zach laing (@zjlaing) May 27, 2022
The Oilers have exceeded my expectations this season like holy shit.
I was just wanting to make it past the first round, anything else would’ve been just a bonus.
— Woz (@itsWozzz) May 27, 2022
I AM. I HAVE NO WORDS. I LOVE THIS TEAM. I LOVE OILERS FAN. I LOVE YOU ALL. #LetsGoOilers
— x-Sofiya (@sbabkooo) May 27, 2022
Honestly the biggest s/o goes to Jay Woodcroft. If the Oilers didn’t make the coaching change that they did in the regular season, they wouldn’t be in this position right now. They have the right coach in Woodcroft who has brought the best out of these players
— caroline szwed (@caroline_szwed) May 27, 2022
I’m not a body language expert but it looks like Connor McDavid is pretty happy playing for the Edmonton Oilers. pic.twitter.com/kHt4m73VYc
— VisuallyBetter (@Isuckatpicking) May 27, 2022
Guys you have no idea how AMAZING it was to be wearing an Oilers jersey in Calgary on the red mile last night. Fucking let’s go boys! Western conference finals like holy fucking shit!!! #LetsGoOilers
— Kirsten Alyssa 🪴🤍 (@kirst_alyssa) May 27, 2022
— Vintage Oilers (@VintageOilers) May 27, 2022
To wrap things up, I am so happy for Oilers fans. This fan base deserves this moment!
Up next: Colorado or St. Louis!
I’m so happy for Oilers fans!
I still can’t believe what we watched yesterday. That game had a little bit of everything & the best team won that series no doubt
This fan base deserves it for so many reasons (past trauma lol) but also because these fans are freaking awesome
— caroline szwed (@caroline_szwed) May 27, 2022
It may hurt now, @NHLFlames, but one day you’ll get a kick out of all this.
— x – Baggedmilk, Oily Playoff Boy (@jsbmbaggedmilk) May 27, 2022