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Feb 21, 2021 • 4 hours ago • 7 minute read
The Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid, from left, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jesse Puljujarvi and 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.
“That sucked. That sucked. Let’s call a spade a spade here,” Tkachuk said post-game. “That was probably one of the toughest moments since I’ve been here. Just the way that it went, the way things are going … Things snowballed. They got out of hand pretty quickly.
“I guess my one thought is I feel terrible for our goalies, really. I mean, they come in and they battle…