Leon Draisaitl and the Edmonton Oilers keep marching in the NHL playoffs. They take the lead in the series against the Calgary Flames on Sunday. The native of Cologne manages a playoff record under the eyes of a star from FC Bayern Munich.
The German ice hockey professional Leon Draisaitl won the third playoff game against the Calgary Flames with the Edmonton Oilers and set a record. On Sunday, the Oilers defeated the Flames 4-1 (0-0, 4-0, 0-1) in the North American professional league NHL and took a 2-1 lead in the series. Four successes are necessary to advance to the finals of the Western Conference. Draisaitl set a playoff record in the game: the native of Cologne recorded four assists in the second period - no player in the NHL finals had ever managed so many in one game segment.
Draisaitl was involved in a goal by Evander Kane three times. The Oilers forward came on with a hat-trick and needed just six minutes for his three goals -- the seventh fastest hat-trick in NHL playoff history. Kane became the third player in Edmonton history, after Wayne Gretzky and Petr Klima, to score three goals in a row in a playoff game.
Alphonso Davies was also in the audience. The Bayern Munich player sported the Draisaitl jersey and later heard hat-trick scorer Kane praise the German lavishly. "He's getting better every day," he said after the game. "He's been great in every game this series and he seems to find every game on an even higher level."
The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team to lead 3-0 in the second round of the playoffs. Tampa Bay clearly won its home game against the Florida Panthers 5:1 (1:1, 2:0, 2:0). The Lightning only needs one more success to reach the semi-finals. The New York Rangers reduced the series to 1:2 with a 3:1 (1:0, 1:1, 1:0) home win against the Carolina Hurricanes. The winners of the two series will play out the champion in the Eastern Conference.