Calgary Flames exit playoffs amid controversy over disallowed goal

Calgary Flames didn't go quietly, but they still went with the controversial disallowing of a potential game-winning goal hanging over their exit

Edmonton Oilers skipper Connor McDavid scoring the extra time champ at 5:03 on a feed from Leon Draisaitl for a 5-4 win Thursday put the blade in Calgary's expectations of expanding the NHL's first season finisher Battle of Alberta in quite a while.

The Oilers took their best-of-seven Western Conference elimination round 4-1.

Edmonton anticipates the champ of the other elimination round between the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues to know their meeting last adversary.

Thursday's Game 5 was tied 4-4 heading into the third period. Calgary's Saddledome erupted when the puck laying near the goal-line went off Flames forward Blake Coleman's skate and into the net as he was pushed into the crease by Oilers defenceman Cody Ceci with six minutes remaining in regulation.

Authorities evaluated the objective and governed the puck was kicked in. Banter about whether it ought to have stood will circle for quite a while among disheartened Flames fans.

Depends what you call a distinct kicking motion," Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said. "If somebody's on the ground and you lift your foot up, kick him in the head, that's a distinct kicking motion.

Leading 2-0 and 4-3 in the second period, Calgary was the better team in the faceoff circle Thursday, winning 67 per cent of draws.

Mikael Backlund, Johnny Gaudreau, Andrew Mangiapane and Calle Jarnkrok scored while Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves for the Flames.

Mangiapane, a 35-goal man in the regular season, and defenceman Oliver Kylington join Tkachuk in restricted free agency.