Both the Minnesota Wild and the Edmonton Oilers lose their pre-playoff series 1: 3 and are eliminated.
For Minnesota, the dream of the playoffs fell through on Saturday night. The St. Paul franchise lost Game 4 to the Vancouver Canucks after extra time 4-5 and the series 1-3.
The Wild had meanwhile led 3: 1 and were able to present again after the Canucks had equalized. In the end, nothing helped: Vancouver only needed 11 seconds in overtime to score the winning goal and thus decide the series.
Kubalik eliminates Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers won’t play for the Stanley Cup either. The franchise with the Swiss Gaëtan Haas, who came to the train for the first time in game 4, lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 2: 3. Dominik Kubalik caught Oilers keeper Mikko Koskinen in the winning goal on the near post. This means that the NHL playoffs will take place without qualifying top scorer Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, the second best scorer of the regular season.
Toronto with a miraculous turnaround
Also practically eliminated were the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were 3-0 down against Columbus (with Dean Kukan) until 4 minutes before the end. With the out in mind, the “Leafs” turned up a lot. William Nylander, John Tavares and Zach Hyman with the equalizer 23 seconds before the siren forced extra time, where Auston Matthews ensured the victory and thus the 2-2 equalization in the series.
So there is an all-important 5th game between the Blue Jackets and Toronto, where Denis Malgin was again redundant. All other series of the pre-playoffs were decided early.