Chicago Cuts Off the Oil(ers) to Advance

   GoaltenderGAA / SV%% Games Won of Total GP
Edmonton OilersMikko Koskinen.897.585
Chicago BlackhawksCorey Crawford.953.514

With Edmonton facing elimination on… wait for it… Elimination Friday… it was imperative for all cylinders to be firing in Game 4 of 5 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately for the Oilers, their road to the playoffs ended tonight.

The Oilers fell to the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2. Mikko Koskinen earned another start but it wasn’t enough to give Edmonton a chance at forcing a Game 5. Just 45 seconds into the first period, Connor McDavid set up Josh Archibald for a perfect top-shelf snipe that gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead on the first shot of the game. However, Brandon Saad tied the game with his second of the playoffs at the 5:16 mark, and not even three minutes later, Matthew Highmore gave Chicago a 2-1 lead. Again. Both teams received power plays in the first period, but neither converted.  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied the game 2-2 as he scored his 2nd of the post-season at the 2:02 mark of the middle frame. 30 seconds later, Alex DeBrincat was assessed a five-minute major for boarding against Ethan Bear, but surprisingly, the Oilers were unable to tally even one goal on with the man-advantage. However, Edmonton got another opportunity just short of the five-minute mark of the final frame as Drake Caggiula was called for cross-checking. The Hawks took back the lead with 11:30 remaining as Dominik Kubalik made it 3-2. The Hawks received a late power play after the Oilers were called for too-many-men-on-the-ice. Edmonton was 0-for-5 with the man-advantage and Chicago, 0-2.

For the first time since raising the Stanley Cup in 2015-16, the Chicago Blackhawks will formally participate in the playoffs. Their first-round match-up is still TBD, but Round 1 will begin August 11th, 2020.


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