Canucks defeat Wild in OT in Game 4 of Cup Qualifiers, win series


Christopher Tanev scored 11 seconds into overtime, and the Vancouver Canucks advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 5-4 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday.

It is tied for the second-fastest overtime goal in NHL postseason history.

Bo Horvat had a goal and two assists, and Quinn Hughes had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.

Horvat tied the game 4-4 with 5:46 remaining in the third period.

Vancouver will play the loser of the round-robin game Sunday between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars in the Western Conference First Round in Edmonton, the West hub city. The Colorado Avalanche (2-0-0), Vegas Golden Knights (2-0-0), Blues (0-2-0) and Stars (0-2-0) are playing in the round-robin portion of the Qualifiers to determine the top four seeds in the West.

The Canucks trailed 3-1 after Joel Eriksson Ek scored at 5:39 of the second for the Wild, the No. 10 seed in the West.

Nico Sturm scored with 52 seconds left in the second to give Minnesota a 4-3 lead. It was his first goal in the NHL.

Brandon Sutter batted a puck out of the air from in close at 7:20 to make it 3-2, and Hughes scored a power-play goal with a wrist shot through traffic to tie it 3-3 at 8:44.

Eric Staal scored from a sharp angle on the left side at 13:32 of the first to give the Wild a 2-1 lead.

Tanner Pearson tied it 1-1 with a wrist shot from the left face-off circle at 12:51 of the first, after Minnesota’s Luke Kunin scored a power-play goal 2:58 into the game for a 1-0 lead.

Wild defenseman Ryan Suter did not play. He missed the final 6:51 of Game 3 after blocking a shot in the third period. As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.

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