Blackhawks edge Oilers in Game 4 of Cup Qualifiers, win series


Dominik Kubalik scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday.

Kubalik gave Chicago the lead at 8:30 of the third with a short side one-timer from the left circle off a pass from Jonathan Toews, who had two assists.

The Oilers were called for too many men on the ice with 2:03 remaining in regulation, negating a chance for a 6-on-5 situation in an attempt to tie the game.

Corey Crawford made 41 saves for the Blackhawks, who will play the winner of a round-robin game Saturday between the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference First Round in Edmonton, the Western Conference hub city.

Chicago was 12th in the Western Conference standings and 23rd in the NHL standings this season. Prior to this postseason, no team had ever won an NHL series finishing that low. The Montreal Canadiens (12th in the Eastern Conference, 24th in the NHL) eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier Friday.

Josh Archibald and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored, Connor McDavid had two assists and Mikko Koskinen made 26 saves for the Oilers, who were the No. 5 seed.

Edmonton will have a 12.5 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery on Monday.

Archibald gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead 45 seconds into the first period, converting a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from McDavid. 

Brandon Saad tied it 1-1 at 5:16, scoring with a backhand on a wraparound. 

Matthew Highmore scored his second redirection goal in as many games at 7:56 of the first to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead. 

Nugent-Hopkins tied it 2-2 at 2:02 of the second period. 

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