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RECAP: Blackhawks Advance with 3-2 Win over Oilers in Game 4

Chicago eliminates Edmonton in Qualifying Round, will face either Colorado or Vegas in First Round

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks are officially in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

With a 3-2 win over the No. 5 seed Edmonton Oilers on Friday night in Game 4, the No. 12 seed Blackhawks won the best-of-five Qualifying Round series, 3-1, to punch their ticket to the final 16. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Corey Crawford, who has played strong all series long, put forth his best game when it mattered most. The veteran stopped 43 of the 45 shots he faced, including 20 in the third period alone. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Playing in his 132nd NHL playoff game, Jonathan Toews moved past Denis Savard for sole possession of second place in all-time playoff games played for the Blackhawks. Stan Mikita holds the record at 155 playoff games. 

UP NEXT: The Blackhawks will face the winner of Saturday night's Colorado Avalanche-Vegas Golden Knights round robin matchup in the First Round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 


GAME RECAP

For the third time in four games, Edmonton got on the board early as Connor McDavid found Josh Archibald sneaking in the weak-side slot, where the winger snapped a one-timer past Corey Crawford for the 1-0 lead just 45 seconds in. 

As they did in Game 1, though, the Blackhawks answered right back and then took a lead in the opening frame. First, it was Brandon Saad capitalizing off an Oilers turnover, receiving the puck in the corner, quickly circling behind the net and putting home a backhand wraparound attempt to tie the game 1-1 at 5:16 of the first. 

Video: EDM@CHI, Gm4: Saad buries backhander on wraparound

Matthew Highmore scored his second tip-in goal in as many periods soon after at the 7:56 mark. Duncan Keith put a Ryan Carpenter feed on net with a one-timer that the rookie forward tipped past Mikko Koskinen from the slot for a 2-1 Chicago lead. 

Video: EDM@CHI, Gm4: Highmore takes lead with tip-in

Chicago killed off an Edmonton power play to open the second period, but just two seconds after Highmore was freed for a high-sticking infraction, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tapped home a rebound after James Neal attempted a bank off of Crawford from behing the goal line. Nugent-Hopkins' second of the series tied things up 2-2 at 2:02. 

Following an uncharacteristic full period without a goal between the two highest-scoring teams in the Qualifying Round, Domink Kubalik broke the tie with authority at the 8:30 mark of the third. Jonathan Toews won a puck back in the corner and quickly found the rookie goal scoring leader in front, where Kubalik rifled home a one-timer to put Chicago in front, 3-2. 

Video: EDM@CHI, Gm4: Toews, Kubalik connect for lead

Following a frantic final few minutes, the Blackhawks held on to take the game, 3-2, and the series, 3-1.  

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