Milan Lucic reflects on “s**t-show” postseason series vs. Oilers

The Battle of Alberta was intense.



The Battle of Alberta is never boring, and in their first postseason meeting since 1991, the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers didn't disappoint the fans in attendance and watching at home. 

For scrappy forward Milan Lucic, who played on both sides of the legendary rivalry, he described it aptly as a "s**t-show" every game of the series, which would eventually be won by the Oilers in 5 games after Connor McDavid's overtime series winner in Game 5 at the Saddledome.

Lucic, who is back with the Boston Bruins, he reflected back on that wild playoff series that featured tons of offense and plenty of rough stuff on the ice.

“I think we opened it up way too much against them," Lucic said. "You can’t open it up at all against those guys and then, honestly, the worst thing that could’ve happened is we won game one, what was it, 9-5 or 9-6. So then you know game one is opened up, so then what do we think right away, ‘we think we can score with these guys because we put up 9 in game one’ and thought that was the worst thing that could happen.”

“Then it seemed like when Hyman scored that PK goal in game two, I don’t remember if it was to make it 4-3. Every game was a shit show and then I think we lost our heads and lost our cool and the way we needed to be, how we needed to be, and needed to play. And then you know every time we took a penalty they would score. Every time we got a lead they would score right away back you know after that.”

One of the biggest moments in the series was when Lucic ran goaltender Mike Smith behind the net in Edmonton, setting off a wild melee on the ice: 

While the Oilers continue to be a threat in the Western Conference, the Flames are entering a major period of transition following the major trade in the summer of 2022, missing the postseason this year, and the subsequent departures of head coach Darryl Sutter and several others. 

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