The NHL’s top two scorers helped unleash the firepower of the Edmonton Oilers in a 7-3 game on Wednesday against hosts the Calgary Flames

Oilers captain Connor McDavid had one goal and two assists, and Leon Draisaitl assisted Edmonton on three goals (19-13-0)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jesse Puljujarvi, Dominik Kahun, Darnell Nurse, Zack Kassian and Alex Chiasson also scored goals for the Oilers who avoided a third consecutive loss

Defenseman Tyson Barrie had four assists in his career and Mike Smith scored 30 saves for the win

“It’s pretty incredible what skills we have on this team,” said Barrie. “It’s world class as best it can”

Elias Lindholm, Mikael Backlund and Johnny Gaudreau answered for the Flames (14-13-3), who had lost their first game under Darryl Sutter since taking over as head coach

Geoff Ward was born on Aug. Sacked March The Flames won three straight wins with Sutter behind the bench, but the wheels fell off Wednesday as Calgary fell 7-1 in the middle of the third half

Jacob Markstrom declined 23 shots out of 30, Sutter said he never thought of pulling his starter for David Rittich

“Not for a shift, second, minute, anything,” Sutter said. “In any team I’ve ever coached, I don’t pull the goalkeeper

“I think they fight their way out like everyone else. It’s basically a matter of trust because I think he’s a great goalkeeper but he has to be able to fight too”

Edmonton finished third in the North Division, leading the season against Calgary 4-2, with four games left

The Flames were three points behind the Montreal Canadiens, who finished fourth and final in the playoff

Calgary was behind for the first time in a game under Sutter The Oilers scored three goals in a row before the Flames reacted

The Oilers scored four goals in Calgary’s net in just under seven minutes to start the third half

“It’s three to one in the third and we feel we have a chance,” said Flames captain Mark Giordano

“We take two penalties and they hit both and it’s five-one. You sit back and wait for us to get through them. You can’t play openly against such a team that is so skillful”

Gaudreau scored a power play goal and Backlund also scored late in the third period to make the result less crooked

Kassian played his first game since breaking his hand in a fight in February 8, scoring Edmonton’s seventh goal at 8:38

“It’s crazy the way the momentum swings when the big boys take over,” said Kassian. “It’s just trickling down the lineup, from top to bottom we’ve been solid from Smitty on tonight”

McDavid dumped the puck deep into Calgary’s zone and fed Nurse so the defender could hit Markstrom’s glove side at 5:55

Chiasson tipped a Nugent Hopkins shot home at 3:44 am Barrie passed over to McDavid at the point, whose wrist shot hit Markstrom between the pads at 1:50 with a quick release

“When you play Connor McDavid, especially when you lag behind, when you chase the game and give chances and play that run-and-gun style, it sniffs for blood,” blazes Matthew Tkachuk said,

Tkachuk, who was circling behind the net, sent a goal-mouth pass to Lindholm to finish at 9:04 am in the second half. Kahun covered a pass between Draisaitl’s legs 25 seconds earlier

The guests led Puljujarvi’s power play goal 2-0 at 7:22 in the first half. He deflected a Barrie shot from between Markstrom’s pads

McDavid turned a turnover in Milan Lucic’s defensive zone into a goal at 4:39 a.m. in the first half. McDavid slid the puck at Nugent-Hopkins to scoop across a plunging marrow

The Oilers have a quick turnaround in front of the Winnipeg Jets at home on Thursday. The Flames will travel to Toronto on Friday to play the Maple Leafs

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