2020 NHL Playoffs scores – Maple Leafs keep alive, Blackhawks …

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The NHL qualifying round is almost over thanks to five teams punching their tickets to the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on what was dubbed “Elimination Friday.” That name came from six Game 4 matchups, where one team was facing elimination from the qualifiers, and five of those teams with series leads were able to move on. 

The one team with a series lead who’ll have to play a Game 5 — the Columbus Blue Jackets — lost in the most thrilling game of the day, to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Columbus led 3-0 and had dominated for the first 56-plus minutes of the game, but the Leafs found some magic, playing in the Eastern Conference bubble in their home arena, and came up with three goals in the final four minutes of the game — all with goalie Frederik Andersen pulled to send the game into overtime, before Auston Matthews won it, to give the Maple Leafs at least one more game in their season. 

About Playoffs
The playoffs, play-offs, postseason and/or finals of a sports league are a competition played after the regular season by the top competitors to determine the league champion or a similar accolade. Depending on the league, the playoffs may be either a single game, a series of games, or a tournament, and may use a single-elimination system or one of several other different playoff formats. Playoff, in regard to international fixtures, is to qualify or progress to the next round of a competition or tournament.
In team sports in the U.S. and Canada, the vast distances and consequent burdens on cross-country travel have led to regional divisions of teams. Generally, during the regular season, teams play more games in their division than outside it, but the league’s best teams might not play against each other in the regular season. Therefore, in the postseason a playoff series is organized. Any group-winning team is eligible to participate, and as playoffs became more popular they were expanded to include second- or even lower-placed teams – the term “wild card” refers to these teams.
In England and Scotland, playoffs are used in association football to decide promotion for lower-finishing teams, rather than to decide a champion in the way they are used in North America. In the EFL Championship (the second tier of English football), teams finishing 3rd to 6th after the regular season compete to decide the final promotion spot to the Premier League.

2020 NHL Playoffs scores: Maple Leafs stay alive, Blackhawks …

About scores:

The day kicked off in Toronto, with the New York Islanders making short work of the Florida Panthers in a 5-1 win, in the most lopsided game of the day. Three of the games, including Columbus-Toronto, went to overtime. The Arizona Coyotes eliminated the Nashville Predators with an overtime winner from Brad Richardson, and Christopher Tanev lifted the Vancouver Canucks over the Minnesota Wild just 11 seconds into the extra frame to end a high scoring back-and-forth game.

The other two games on the schedule involved teams with aging three-time Stanley Cup-winning stars and both No. 12 seeds knocking out the No. 5 seeds. In the West, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane led the underdog Chicago Blackhawks past the high-powered Edmonton Oilers. Over in the East, the Montreal Canadiens, who had the lowest points percentage of the 24-teams in the bubbles, eliminated Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who had the most points of any team entering the Stanley Cup qualifiers. 

2020 NHL Playoffs scores: Maple Leafs stay alive, Blackhawks …

Relive all of the action of the thrilling Game 4s below.

Friday’s Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule:

  • Game 4: Islanders 5, Panthers 1 | Islanders win series, 3-1
  • Game 4: Coyotes 4, Predators 3 (OT) | Coyotes win series, 3-1
  • Game 4: Canadiens 2, Penguins 0 | Canadiens win series, 3-1
  • Game 4: Blackhawks 3, Oilers 2 | Blackhawks win series, 3-1
  • Game 4: Maple Leafs 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT) | Series tied, 2-2
  • Game 4: Canucks 5, Wild 4 (OT) | Canucks win Series, 3-1

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