IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Blackhawks
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Chicago Blackhawks
The Edmonton Oilers play their 25th game of the regular season tonight and 11th on home ice.
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Ference - Petry
Belov - J.Schultz
N.Schultz - Potter
Out: Pitlick (knee), Bachman (lower body), Larsen (back), Jones (healthy), Arcobello (healthy)
20:00: The game is underway!
15:36: Taylor Hall was tripped up in the neutral zone by Ben Smith, giving the Oilers the game's first power play.
14:46: Jonathan Toews took advantage of a turnover at the 'Hawks blueline and broke in all alone on Oilers netminder Devan Dubnyk. Toews elected to deke then roofed the puck over the Oilers netminder to make it a 1-0 game. | CHI 1, EDM 0
12:29: Boyd Gordon gets sent off for tripping, sending Chicago to the man advantage for the first time on the night.
11:54: During a goalmouth scramble, Patrick Kane soops in and picks up the loose puck and lifts it over Dubnyk to double the Blackhawks lead. | CHI 2, EDM 0
7:56: Nick Leddy gets two minutes for interference, giving the Oilers power play a chance to get the home side back in the game.
5:24: The Oilers nearly score shortly after the penalty expires. Ryan Smyth redirects a feed into the slot but Corey Crawford makes a big stop.
2:24: Justin Schultz goes to the box after high sticking a Blackhawks to set up another Chicago power play.
0.0: Shots on goal after one period were 12-6 for Chicago.
20:00: Second period is now underway.
18:32: A blast from the point by Johnny Oduya is stopped by Dubnyk but the rebound ricocheted off Corey Potter in front and in to make it a three-goal Blackhawks lead. | CHI 3, EDM 0
14:11: Jeremy Morin skated in on the rush and made a nice move at the left circle before dishing the puck in front to Andrew Shaw for the easy tap in. | CHI 4, EDM 0
14:11: After the goal, Ilya Bryzgalov made his Oilers debut, replacing Dubnyk in goal.
9:47: The goal charges up the Oilers as they have another shift of sustained pressure in the Chicago zone.
8:50: Andrew Ference upends Brandon Saad as he drives towards the Oilers net, resulting in another Chicago man advantage.
6:50: Oilers are able to kill it off. Shots on goal are 17-10 Chicago to this point in the game.
0.0: Shots end up 17-14 after 40 minutes. Oilers pull the goalie at the end of the period to try and get a goal off the faceoff but no such luck.
With 2.8 seconds left in the period, #Oilers pull Bryzgalov for an extra attacker on an offensive zone face-off. Period ends, EDM down 4-1— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) November 26, 2013
20:00: Third period is now underway.
16:57: Anton Belov is tripped up coming into the Blackhawks zone by Sheldon Brookbank, resulting in Edmonton's third power play of the night.
8:45: Sam Gagner's shot floats in on Crawford but the Chicago netminder managed to get a blocker on it before it dropped into the net.
7:12: Yakupov hammers two shots on Crawford, to make it 22-21 Chicago on the shot clock.
What a crazy, acrobatic blocker save by Crawford on that bounce.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 26, 2013
6:14: Hemsky gets sent off for tripping.
4:36: Chicago looked to have scored with the man advantage but it was ruled as being kicked in by Shaw.
1:58: Blackhawks make it 5-1 after Shaw redirected a Nick Leddy point shot past Bryzgalov.