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* Less than 24 hours after surrendering a three-goal lead in their Game 3 loss, Toronto overcame a 3-0 deficit in the final four minutes of regulation and Auston Matthews scored the overtime winner as the Maple Leafs pulled off one the most improbable postseason comebacks in NHL history to avoid elimination.

* The Canucks and Coyotes also earned overtime wins on Friday, with Christopher Tanev tallying the series-clinching goal just 11 seconds into extra time for Vancouver.

* Three other teams advanced from the 2020 qualifying round, including the 12th-seeded Blackhawks and Canadiens.


The Maple Leafs trailed 3-0 in the final four minutes of regulation, but William Nylander (1-1—2) and John Tavares (1-1—2) each scored in a 51-second span and Zach Hyman (1-1—2) tallied the tying goal with 22.2 remaining on the clock as Toronto erased the deficit and forced overtime. Auston Matthews (1-2—3) then scored the winner on a power play as the Maple Leafs pulled off one of the most improbable postseason comebacks in NHL history to avoid elimination and force Game 5.

* Toronto became the third team in League history to win a postseason contest after overcoming a three-goal deficit in the final four minutes of regulation, joining Edmonton in Game 3 of the 1997 Conference Quarterfinals and Anaheim in Game 5 of the 2017 Second Round. The Maple Leafs’ win marked the first instance in NHL history of a club doing so when facing elimination – before Friday, the latest a team had ever faced a three-goal deficit before avoiding elimination was in Game 3 of the 1936 Stanley Cup Final when Toronto scored its first of four unanswered goals at 13:09 of the third period.
* The Maple Leafs overcame a deficit of three or more goals at any point to win a postseason contest for the third time in franchise history. Aside from Game 3 of the 1936 Final, the other instance was in Game 5 of the 1993 Division Semifinals when Mike Foligno, father of Columbus captain Nick Foligno, scored the overtime winner for Toronto.

* Matthews became the ninth different Maple Leafs player in the League’s modern era (since 1943-44) to score an overtime goal in a contest where Toronto faced elimination and first since Travis Green in Game 6 of the 2003 Conference Quarterfinals.


* The Maple Leafs pulled off their improbable three-goal comeback less than 24 hours after the Blue Jackets rallied from a 3-0 deficit in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. Toronto became the first team in NHL history to overcome a deficit of three-plus goals to win a game after surrendering a lead of three-plus goals to lose their previous contest (regular season or postseason).

* The 2020 qualifying round between Toronto and Columbus marked the first postseason series in League history to feature a team overcoming a deficit of three or more goals to win in consecutive games. It also marked the fifth postseason series in NHL history to feature a multi-goal comeback win in consecutive days, following the 1950 Stanley Cup Final between the Rangers and Red Wings (Game 6 & Game 7), 1987 Division Semifinals between the Flames and Jets (Game 3 & Game 4), 1989 Division Semifinals between the Capitals and Flyers (Game 1 & Game 2) and 1995 Conference Semifinals between the Flyers and Rangers (Game 1 & Game 2).

The Canucks and Coyotes also earned overtime wins on Friday, with both teams doing so in series-clinching fashion:

* Christopher Tanev (1-2—3) tallied just 11 seconds into overtime after the Canucks overcame deficits of 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3 in regulation to power Vancouver to its first postseason series win since 2011 when they reached the Stanley Cup Final. The goal was tied for the second-fastest from the start of a postseason overtime period in NHL history, behind only the mark of nine seconds set by Montreal’s Brian Skrudland in Game 2 of the 1986 Stanley Cup Final.

* The Canucks overcame a multi-goal deficit to win a postseason game for the fifth time in franchise history, following Game 1 of the 1991 Division SemifinalsGame 5 of the 1994 Conference FinalsGame 2 of the 1995 Conference Quarterfinals and Game 1 of the 2003 Conference Semifinals. Game 5 of the 1994 Conference Finals was the only other instance in which Vancouver did so in series-clinching fashion.

* Tanev wasn’t the only Canucks defenseman to contribute on Friday. Quinn Hughes (1-1—2) scored the first postseason goal of his NHL career and became the fourth rookie blueliner with a playoff marker with Vancouver, joining Neil Belland (Game 3 of 1982 CF), Garth Butcher (Game 4 of 1983 DSF) and Adrian Aucoin (Game 7 of 1995 CQF).

* The Predators scored a game-tying goal with 31.9 seconds remaining in regulation, but Brad Richardson potted the winner at 5:27 of overtime to lift the Coyotes to their first postseason series win since 2012.

* Richardson became the first player in Coyotes/Jets franchise history to score a series-clinching goal in overtime. He also became the second player in club history to score a goal to clinch a best-of-five series, joining Winnipeg’s Ron Wilson in Game 4 of the 1985 Division Semifinals.

Three other teams advanced from the 2020 qualifying round, including the 12th-seeded Blackhawks and Canadiens:

Dominik Kubalik scored the series-clinching goal with 11:30 remaining in regulation as Chicago pulled off the upset over Edmonton to advance to the First Round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Kubalik became the fourth different rookie in franchise history to score a series-clinching goal, joining Darryl Sutter (Game 3 of 1980 PRLM), Steve Larmer (Game 4 of 1983 DSF) and Jeremy Roenick (Game 5 of 1989 DF & Game 7 of 1990 DSF).


* Carey Price turned aside all 22 shots he faced and Artturi Lehkonen broke a 0-0 tie with 4:11 remaining in regulation as Montreal blanked Pittsburgh in series-clinching fashion.

* Price, who turned aside a combined 126 of 133 shots against over the course of the series (1.67 GAA, .947 SV%, 1 SO), recorded the third series-clinching shutout of his NHL career (also Game 7 of 2008 CQF & Game 6 of 2015 R1). His three career series-clinching shutouts trail only Dallas’ Ben Bishop (4) and Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury (4) for the most among active goaltenders.

* Anthony Beauvillier (2-0—2) was one of four Islanders players with multiple points in Game 4 as New York ousted Florida to advance from the qualifying round. The Islanders improved to 7-1 in eight all-time best-of-five series, which remains the best such record among the 31 current NHL franchises (.875 W%).

* New York, which also improved to 33-19 all-time in potential series-clinching games, scored at least five goals in a series-clinching win for the 14th time in franchise history and for just the second time over the past 35 years (also Game 6 of 1993 DSF).



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Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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