Brandon Saad, Matthew Highmore and Dominik Kubalik scored and the Chicago Blackhawks, the 12th seed in the Western Conference, beat Edmonton 3-2 on Friday to win the best-of-five qualifying series 3-1. Chicago advances to the round of 16.
"We knew what we wanted to do coming into the series," Chicago's Jonathan Toews said. "Overall guys got better as the series went along."
Josh Archibald and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton, seeded fifth and the host team.
"We had that two-month break to kind of heal up, recover and prepare," Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad said.
Arizona 4, Nashville 3 (OT): Brad Richardson scored on a rebound in overtime, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 49 shots as the Coyotes won their best-of-five qualifying series 3-1 over the Predators. Arizona, the West's No. 11 seed, took a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Nashville tied it before Arizona went ahead 3-2 on Jordan Oesterle's goal early in the third. The Predators pulled goalie Juuse Saros late in the period and Filip Forsberg tied it again with 32 seconds left. Richardson redirected Vinnie Hinostroz's shot in overtime and punched in the rebound. Michael Grabner and Phil Kessel also scored for Arizona. Viktor Arvidsson and Matt Duchene also scored for Nashville.
Montreal 2, Pittsburgh 0: Artturi Lehkonen flipped a shot past Tristan Jarry with 4:11 left for the winner as the Canadiens stunned the Penguins, clinching their first playoff berth in three years. Fifth-seeded Pittsburgh, which lost the series 3-1, mustered little down the stretch and Shea Weber added an empty-net goal for the 12th-seeded Canadiens. Carey Price stopped 22 shots in his sixth shutout in the playoffs.
N.Y. Islanders 5, Florida 1: Anthony Beauvillier scored twice as the Islanders routed the Panthers to clinch their playoff series 3-1 in Toronto. Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal had a goal and assist each for New York. Defenseman Ryan Pulock made a diving stick save to prevent Florida's Aleksander Barkov from scoring into an open side to maintain New York's 3-1 lead midway through the second.
Toronto 4, Columbus 3 (OT): Auston Matthews scored on a power play 13:10 into overtime as the Maple Leafs rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Blue Jackets, tying their best-of-five qualifying series at two wins apiece.
The Seattle Kraken hired Everett Fitzhugh as its first broadcaster. He is believed to be the first Black person hired for that position by an NHL franchise. He spent five seasons as director of broadcasting for Cincinnati of the ECHL.