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Avalanche Sweep Oilers, Advance To Stanley Cup Final

Jun 7, 2022, 9:35 AM
Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers - Western Conference Finals Game 4...
Artturi Lehkonen #62 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates with Devon Toews #7 and Logan O'Connor #25 after scoring the game winning goal in overtime to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 in Game Four of the Western Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on June 06, 2022 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Artturi Lehkonen scored 1:19 into overtime, and Colorado rallied to beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 Monday night, completing a four-game sweep in the Western Conference final and sending the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2001.

Colorado will take on the winner of the Eastern Conference final between the New York Rangers and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

Cale Makar, Devon Toews Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen also scored for Colorado. Pavel Francouz stopped 30 of 35 shots. Zach Hyman scored twice for the Oilers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian also scored for Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl had four assists and goalie Mike Smith finished with 36 saves.

Makar got things started with a goal with 3:46 into the first period to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead. The second period was all Edmonton with Zach Hyman tying the game at 1 with a goal 7:39 into the period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid each added a goal for the Oilers near the end of the period to give the home side a 3-1 lead heading into intermission.

Six goals were scored in the third period, starting with Toews to bring Colorado within one goal. Hyman scored his second goal of the night to extend Edmonton’s lead to 4-2. Goals by Landeskog, MacKinnon and Rantanen gave Colorado a 5-4 lead. Near the end of the period, Zack Kassian tied the game at 5, forcing overtime.

Shortly into overtime, Lehkonen scored the game-winning goal to send the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup Final.

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