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Feb 21, 2021 • 6 minutes ago • 4 minute read
The Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid, from left, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jesse Puljujarviand Evan Bouchard celebrate a goal as Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom looks on at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Photo by Jason Franson /The Canadian Press Article content
Matthew Tkachuk, heart-and-soul sort for the Calgary Flames, vowed to make a difference … and did his darnedest.
Opposing superstar Connor McDavid made it a drubbing.
Tkachuk, after declaring hours earlier that “I’m basically putting all the pressure on myself to turn this thing around,” delivered his most emotional and intense performance of the season in Saturday’s Battle of Alberta. It didn’t matter one bit.
Because on the other side, McDavid was downright dominant. The NHL’s scoring leader racked up five more points — a hat-trick and two assists — as the Edmonton Oilers added to the Flames’ misery with a 7-1 rout.
“For me, personally, I have to get going,” Tkachuk said prior to Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada shellacking at Rogers Place. “All the pressure should be on me to perform here, it should be on nobody else. I haven’t been at my best and it’s time for me to get going and help us get some wins. It’s time for us to get going, it really is. Enough is…