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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Blackhawks

Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Chicago Blackhawks

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 7:29 PM MT / Cenovus Game Story
By Marc Ciampa  -
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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Blackhawks
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Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:


Defence pairings:



Out: Larsen (illness), Potter (groin), Joensuu (healthy)


Tonight's game is now underway.

13:52: The Oilers got on the board early. Just over six minutes in, Ales Hemsky picked up the puck and drove to the net. It was there that he made a move in front and slipped the puck past Blackhawks starting goaltender Antti Raanta. Jeff Petry got the assist. | EDM 1, CHI 0
11:15: Chicago nearly tied it up several minutes later. A shot on Dubnyk drops down at his skates. The Oilers netminder doesn't see the puck and nearly kicks it in before finally dropping to his knees and smothering it.

8:03: The first power play of the game went to Chicago. With eight minutes to go in the opening frame, Ryan Smyth took a hooking penalty.

5:34: About 30 seconds after the penalty expired, Niklas Hjalmarsson's shot from the point beat a screened Dubnyk after being tipped in front by Ben Smith to pull Chicago even at 1-1. | EDM 1, CHI 1

0.0: Shots on goal after one period were 11-7 for the Blackhawks.


Second period has started.

17:24: Chicago took their first lead of the game several minutes into the middle frame. Andrew Shaw's shot from the left circle beat Dubnyk to make it 2-1 for the home side. | CHI 2, EDM 1
13:22: From the slot, Shaw spins and fires and Dubnyk makes a nice pad save to keep it a one-goal game.

11:19: Oilers take a 30-second timeout after icing the puck following an extended period hemmed in their own zone.

9:37: Taylor Hall received a hooking penalty just past the midway point of the period to send Chicago back on the power play.

8:31: On a truly bizarre play, Dubnyk slashed Shaw in his crease. The puck then rang around the boards and down the ice into the empty net on the delayed penalty. | EDM 2, CHI 2
8:02: 30 seconds into the two-man advantage, Chicago's Marian Hossa blasted a one-timer past Dubnyk to regain the lead. | CHI 3, EDM 2
2:28: Chicago extended their lead to 4-2 when Jonathan Toews got in behind the Oilers defence and deked out Dubnyk for the goal. | CHI 4, EDM 2
0:56: Marcus Kruger goes to the box, giving the Oilers their first man advantage of the night.

0.0: Shots on goal in period two were 19-6 for Chicago. Overall in the game, they were 30-13 'Hawks after 40.


Third period has started.

18:56: Oilers power play comes to an end.

14:43: Justin Schultz makes a great play, dishing the puck in the slot to Hall, who simply taps the puck into the open net and makes it a one-goal game. | CHI 4, EDM 3
13:50: Arcobello gets sent off for hooking, giving Chicago a man advantage.

10:12: Dubnyk received two minutes for tripping as the third period reached the midway point.
5:38: Brent Seabrook's wrist shot from the right point found its way past Dubnyk to extend Chicago's lead once again to two goals. | CHI 5, EDM 3

2:01: Oilers pull Dubnyk for the extra attacker.