Montreal, seeded 12th and last in the Eastern Conference, won the best-of-five
series 3-1. The Canadiens' opponent in the upcoming first round has not been

Pittsburgh, seeded fifth, got its only win in Game 2.

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During a delayed penalty, Montreal winger Paul Byron carried the puck nearly
behind the Penguins' net before dishing a backhand shot out to Lehkonen, who
banged the puck in from the low slot with Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry
drawn over to the post by Byron.

Shea Weber added an empty-net goal with 32 seconds remaining.

Blackhawks 3, Oilers 2

Dominik Kubalik scored the go-ahead goal with 11:30 left in the third period,
and Chicago held on to close out Edmonton in the best-of-five qualifying
series in four games and advance to the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Twelfth-seeded Chicago earned a 3-1 series victory after posting its second
straight win over fifth-seeded Edmonton, the conference's hub city host.
Brandon Saad and Matthew Highmore also scored for the Blackhawks, who advanced
to the round of 16 for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign.

Josh Archibald and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers, who failed to
qualify for the round of 16 for the third season in a row. Connor McDavid
tallied two assists and finished the series with nine points (five goals, four
assists) in four games. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford finished with 43
saves. Mikko Koskinen made 26 saves for Edmonton.

Coyotes 4, Predators 3 (OT)

Brad Richardson's overtime goal gave Arizona the win in Game 4, eliminating
Nashville in Game 4 of their Western Conference best-of-five qualifying

The Coyotes will advance to the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs after
winning their first postseason series since 2012. It is only the Coyotes'
third series win in 24 seasons since relocating to Arizona. The sixth-seeded
Predators finished four points ahead of the 11th-seeded Coyotes during the
regular season.

Michael Grabner, Phil Kessel, and Jordan Oesterle also scored for Arizona.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists. Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 49
of 52 shots. Matt Duchene, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg scored for
Nashville, and Forsberg added an assist. Juuse Saros stopped 30 of 34 shots.

Maple Leafs 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT)

Auston Matthews scored the overtime game winner to complete a wild comeback
and Toronto claimed a win over Columbus in Toronto to force a fifth and
deciding game in their Eastern Conference qualifying-round series.

The clubs will decide who advances in the playoffs Sunday in Toronto, with the
winner meeting either the Tampa Bay Lightning or Philadelphia Flyers.

One night after erasing a three-goal deficit to claim a 4-3 overtime victory,
the Blue Jackets saw a 3-0 lead of their own disappear in stunning fashion.
The Maple Leafs scored three times in the final four minutes of regulation
with their goalie pulled for the extra attacker. William Nylander began the
comeback by banging home a rebound with 3:57 left on the clock to put Toronto
on the board.

Islanders 5, Panthers 1

Anthony Beauvillier scored two first-period goals as New York earned a spot in
the Stanley Cup playoffs by beating Florida in Toronto, winning the
best-of-five qualifying series in four games.

New York also got a goal and an assist each from Brock Nelson and Mathew
Barzal. Semyon Varlamov had 24 saves, Josh Bailey added two assists, and
Jean-Gabriel Pageau added an empty-net goal with 2:43 remaining.

Florida got a first-period goal from Mike Hoffman and 33 saves from Sergei

--Field Level Media

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