IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Blackhawks
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Blackhawks in Chicago
The Edmonton Oilers play their 19th game of the regular season tonight and 13th on the road.
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Perron - RNH - Eberle
Joensuu - Gordon - Jones
Smyth - Arcobello - Yakupov
Ference - Petry
Belov - Larsen
Fedun - N. Schultz
Out: MacIntyre (knee), Pitlick (knee), J.Schultz (groin), Bachman (lower body), Gazdic (shoulder), Acton (healthy)
20:00: Today's game is now underway.
15:00: Five minutes into the game, the Oilers had a 4-0 edge in shots over Chicago.
11:19: Chicago's best chance in the early going came when Brandon Pirri fired a shot from the left circle off the post behind Dubnyk. The play came at the end of a long shift for Arcobello's line.
6:15: Jonathan Toews skated in on a two-on-one with Patrick Sharp and tried to pass the puck across but Nick Schultz made a great play to intercept the puck and knock it out of harm's way.
1:37: Brandon Saad jumped on a floating puck in the slot and hammered it past Dubnyk to put the Blackhawks in the lead. | CHI 1, EDM 0
0:00: Shots on goal after one period were 11-6 for Chicago.
20:00: Second period is now underway.
19:06: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fires a seeing-eye bullet from the left circle past Crawford to get the Oilers on the board. David Perron made a nice pass off the side boards. | EDM 1, CHI 1
18:10: Blackhawks nearly regain the lead during a mad scramble in front of the Oilers net.
17:52: Taylor Hall took a delay-of-game penalty to put Chicago on the power play for the first time.
15:47: Sam Gagner was hauled down on a breakaway, setting up a penalty shot for the Oilers centre.
15:47: Gagner fanned on his shot attempt as the puck went wide.
12:16: Saad received two minutes for elbowing to send the Oilers to their first man advantage of the period.
11:05: Nail Yakupov hammers a one-timer after a feed from Larsen to score a power play goal for the Oilers, his second of the season. | EDM 2, CHI 1
9:45: Oilers nearly made it 3-1 after a Yakupov shot from the side boards tipped by Smyth in front nearly trickled in. Michal Rozsival swiped the puck away at the goal line.
9:08: Ryan Jones gets two minutes for high sticking Pirri.
Smyth tip lays on goalline and cleared away by Michal Rozsival or Oilers up 3-1.#Oilers— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) November 11, 2013
6:13: After icing the puck, the Oilers take their 30-second timeout.
4:20: Dubnyk makes a brilliant glove save off a slapper from Toews at the left circle.
2:42: After the puck is chipped away from Saad, he makes a nice recovery to get the puck to Andrew Shaw in the slot. Shaw chips the puck past Dubnyk to put the game back on even terms. | EDM 2, CHI 2
0:00: Shots on goal after two periods were 24-16 for the Blackhawks.
20:00: Third period is now underway.
14:27: Roszival's blast from the point was stopped by Dubnyk but Bickel was right on the doorstep to put in the rebound and give Chicago the lead. | CHI 3, EDM 2
12:33: Nick Leddy gets two minutes for hooking, giving the Oilers a power play with a chance to get back on even terms.
12:02: 30 seconds into the power play, the Oilers converted to tie the game up. Larsen's shot from the point was tipped in front by Perron and in. | EDM 3, CHI 3
10:50: Jesse Joensuu got sent off for holding near the period's midway point.
8:16: Just as the penalty expired, Marcus Kruger picked up the puck in the crease and slipped it along the ice past Dubnyk to give Chicago another lead. | CHI 4, EDM 3
7:01: Nick Schultz gets sent off for interference.
6:29: Duncan Keith fired a shot from the left point that beat Dubnyk to make it 5-3. | CHI 5, EDM 3
1:26: Jordan Eberle scores a shorthanded marker to get the Oilers back to within a goal. | CHI 5, EDM 4