Oilers rookie Nail Yakupov scored his 12th goal and 26th point of the season, but that was all the offence the home team managed in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night at Rexall Place. Patrick Kane paced the 'Hawks in their Presidents' Trophy-clinching victory with a goal and two assists, while Michal Handzus chipped in with a pair of helpers.
Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:
THE TURNING POINT
it was a fairly tight contest through 40 minutes as the Blackhawks held a slim 2-1 edge, but Johnny Oduya added an important insurance marker 4:36 into the third, picking the top corner with a wrist shot past Devan Dubnyk.
PLAY OF THE GAME
The eventual game-winning goal was scored 8:11 into the opening period as Patrick Kane was sprung in alone on a breakaway and beat Devan Dubnyk with a nifty deke to his forehand and a shot through the five-hole.
Patrick Kane has been an offensive force for the League-leading Blackhawks all season, scoring his 22nd goal on Wednesday and adding two helpers to give him an impressive 54 points.
THE UNSUNG HERO
Not only did Michal Handzus set up two of Chicago's four goals, he was also a beast in the faceoff circle, winning nine of his 13 draws, and blocked a pair of Oilers shots.
STAT OF THE DAY
Wednesday's 4-1 win was Chicago's first regulation victory over the Oilers since their first meeting of the 2011-12 season, a 6-3 decision on November 13, 2011 in the Windy City. The Oilers went 4-0-1 against that 'Hawks in the five subsequent games.
The Oilers are down to their final two games of the regular season, starting Friday in St. Paul with a 6:00pm meeting against the Minnesota Wild. They close out the campaign against another Northwest Division opponent, hosting the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday back at Rexall Place at 8:00pm.
THEY SAID IT
"The lessons are right there in front of us. We got the outcome we deserved because of our puck management."
– Oilers Head Coach Ralph Krueger on the team's turnovers
22 – Years between Blackhawks Presidents' Trophy wins, with their previous regular season title coming in 1990-91
22 – Giveaways made by the Oilers, compared to just four by the Blackhawks
5 – Blocked shots for Jeff Petry
9 – Shots on goal combined for Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell
8 – Faceoffs won by Jerred Smithson to lead Edmonton
3 – Stanley Cups won with the Oilers by goalie Andy Moog, who was honoured at Wednesday's game with Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler presented by FedEx
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