The Heritage Classic took place on Sunday night. It was an outstanding display of hockey celebration as the Edmonton Oilers took on the Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta. This game took place at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
The Oilers took over from the second the puck was dropped. They dominated possession and made life very difficult for the Flames. Eventually, they took a 1-0 lead thanks to the goal scored by Brett Kulak. The defensive defenseman joined the play on offense and found the back of the net.
About five minutes later, Zach Hyman made it a 2-0 lead in favor of the Oilers. Then, the Flames were given a power play and they took advantage. A goal scored by Nazem Kadri got Calgary on the board.
The problem for the Flames was that right when things went back to even strength, the Oilers started to dominate again. Not long after the power play goal by Kadri, Evan Bouchard scored to make it 3-1.
The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames both did what they can to play well.
Calgary would keep battling as they scored the only second-period goal to make it 3-2. Unfortunately for them, the Oilers found twine in the third period twice and walked away with the 5-2 victory. It was a hard-fought game but the Oilers were able to make more plays that led to goals.
Connor McDavid was supposed to be gone for 1-2 weeks with an injury. He only missed two games and returned in time to play in this game. You know a guy like Connor doesn’t want to miss a contest like this.
He had an assist in the game. His running mate, Leon Draisaitl, had two and was one of the stars of the game. These two together are the best duo in the league and it was amazing seeing them on this grand stage.
Now, the Oilers are hoping that this game gets them back on track. They are off for a few days now and will be back in action on Friday night against the Dallas Stars.
As for the Flames, they play that same Dallas Stars team one night prior on Thursday. They are on a long losing streak still and they have a lot of work to do in order to get their season going in the right direction.
Hopefully, all of the fans watching either in the stands or on TV enjoyed this one. Hockey is amazing and this was it in its purest form. These outdoor games are so fun and this one did not disappoint.