Avalanche defeat Oilers in OT in Game 4, advance to Stanley Cup Final

Avalanche defeat Oilers in OT in Game 4, advance to Stanley Cup Final

EDMONTONArtturi Lehkonen scored at 1:19 of overtime, and the Colorado Avalanche advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 6-5 win against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place on Monday.

Lehkonen scored on a rebound in front after tipping a point shot from Cale Makar.

Makar had a goal and four assists, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists and Nathan MacKinnon had a goal an assist for Colorado, which came back from down two goals in the third period. Pavel Francouz made 30 saves.

Colorado advanced to the Cup Final for the first time since 2001 with the sweep and will play either the New York Rangers or Tampa Bay Lightning in the final. The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference Final 2-1. Game 4 is Tuesday in Tampa Bay.

Leon Draisaitl had four assists, Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists and Zach Hyman scored two goals for the Oilers. Mike Smith made 35 saves

The teams combined for six goals in a wild back-and-forth third period.

Zack Kassian tied it 5-5 at 16:38 after Colorado scored three straight goals, depositing a loose puck into the net after a one-time shot from Draisaitl from the face-off circle squeezed through Francouz and sat on the goal line.

Toews started the third-period fireworks when he scored 31 seconds into the period to make it 3-2. His shot from the point hit the knee of Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci and deflected into the net.

Hyman made it 4-2 at 3:55. He one-timed a pass from Draisaitl and his shot lofted over Francouz.

Gabriel Landeskog made it 4-3 at 8:58 with the first of three straight Colorado goals collecting the puck off a scramble in front and lifting it over Smith.

Nathan MacKinnon tied it 4-4 at 13:30. He took a pass from Lehkonen of his skate at the Oilers blue line, went in and shot over the shoulder of Smith.

Mikko Rantanen scored on the power play at 14:47 to make it 5-4.

Makar scored the power play at 3:46 of the first period to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead. He took a shot from the point through traffic, which eluded Mike Smith.

Hyman tied it 1-1 at 7:39 of the second period. He took a pass from Leon Draisaitl in the slot and lifted in a backhand shot.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored on a breakaway to make it 2-1 at 16:57. He collected the puck off the boards played across the ice by Logan O’Connor behind defenseman Devon Toews.

McDavid made it 3-1 on the power play at 18:54, scoring on a shot from the right face-off circle.

The Oilers were playing without forward Evander Kanewho was suspended one game for a boarding major on Nazem Kadri in Game 4. Kadri sustained an upper-body injury and is out for the series.

Goalie Darcy Kuember dressed as the backup for the Avalanche. He left Game 1 with an upper-body injury.