Under the Scope: Oilers at Blackhawks

An in-depth look at the Oilers 6-5 win against the Blackhawks

Sunday, 10.03.2013 / 11:03 PM
Wendy Mach  - edmontonoilers.com

GAME SUMMARY

The Oilers' goalless drought has finally ended after 166:53, when Mike Brown's goal early in the first period gave them an 1-0 lead. They were able to get three more in the period and Blackhawks starting goaltender, Ray Emery was pulled and replaced by Corey Crawford after letting in three goals in eight shots. Midway through the second, Yann Danis had to step in for Devan Dubynk after a collision with Teemu Hartikainen forced him to leave the game due to an injury. The Oilers were able to score two more powerplay goals in the second while Danis was able to stop 21 of the 24 shots he faced in the game as the Oilers win 6-5. This win breaks the Oilers five-game winless streak.

THE TURNING POINT

Mike Brown's wrist shot from the top of the left circle gave the Oilers an early 1-0 lead. It was Brown's first goal as an Oiler and his first goal in 380 days, since Feb. 29, 2012. Brown had two hits with 9:58 of ice time and a +1 rating in the game.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Fifty seconds after letting in a shorthanded goal, the Oilers get one back as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shot it from the top of the circle and was redirected in by Taylor Hall to extend the Oilers lead 6-3. With two assists in the game, it gave Nugent-Hopkins his first multi-point game of the season.

THE MVP

Patrick Kane scored two goals and had one assist in the loss, giving him 30 points on the season. Kane currently leads the Blackhawks in points as well as in goals with 14. He had five shots on net, 22:13 on ice time and ended the night with a +1 rating.

THE UNSUNG HERO

In his first game back after being activated off the injured reserved, Shawn Horcoff scored one goal, had two shots, one hit and spent 18:47 on the ice with an even rating.

USELESS STAT OF THE DAY

There were five different Oilers who had a multi-point night. Sam Gagner had two goals, Taylor Hall and Ryan Whitney each had one goal and one assist and both Justin Schultz and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two assists.

THEY SAID IT

"We took a lot of pride in how we came out in this game. To come out and get a win against a team like that, we're very proud."

- Taylor Hall on the Oilers 6-5 win against the Blackhawks

LOOKING AHEAD

The Oilers will make their final stop on their nine-game road trip in Colorado to take on the Avalanche Tuesday night before heading home. Their first game back at Rexall Place will be on Friday night against the Detroit Red Wings.

DAILY DIGITS

36 - Seconds between the first two Oilers goals

21 - Career points against the Blackhawks in 21 games (11 goals, 10 assists) for Sam Gagner

6 - Games since the Oilers scored a powerplay goal

13 - Number of Oilers who had tallied at least one point in the game

4 - Powerplay goals scored in the game

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