Hartikainen was coming back to defend a Blackhawks rush when he tried to avoid Dubnyk, who also had Chicago star forward Marian Hossa charging hard to the net at 9:45 of the second period. Hartikainen’s abdomen/hip area contacted the back of Dubnyk’s head and appeared to push the goalie’s head to an awkward angle sideways. Hossa also appeared shaken up on the play after ramming into the crossbar at top speed, but remained in the game.
Dubnyk left the game and was replaced by Yann Danis with Edmonton leading 4-2. The Oilers then made it 5-2 on Shawn Horcoff’s power-play goal at 10:28 of the period.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday