Dominik Kubalik’s big day leads to an upset win for the Chicago Blackhawks.
It is fair to say that the Chicago Blackhawks went into this series as major underdogs. They were lucky to be in this tournament at all as they were well out of the playoffs at the time of the NHL’s pause. They were given a breath of air when it was announced that they will play the Edmonton Oilers in the qualifying round. Well, when Connor McDavid came in and scored a power-play goal early in the game, it looked like it was going to be a real short series in favor of the Oilers.
From that point on, it was all Blackhawks. The Oilers looked slow and unready to play the game while the Blackhawks had the speed that we all expected Edmonton to have. The Hawks were also much more tenacious on the puck which led to a lot of goals. They looked dangerous on a lot of their shifts early and took advantage.