Shortly after the drop of the puck, Chicago's Ben Eager and Edmonton's Zack Stortini dropped the gloves to get the game off to a raucous start. Eager got the better of Stortini in the bout.
A holding penalty on Dick Tarnstrom gave Chicago the game's first power play. Late in the man advantage, Brent Seabrook fired a point shot that was tipped on its way to the net by Fernando Pisani.
Patrick Kane ran some interference on Mathieu Garon to give Edmonton a power play opportunity and they capitalized quickly.
Andrew Cogliano's centering pass was tipped in the slot by Blackhawks defenceman James Wisniewski but it still ended up right on the stick of Tom Gilbert. He took his time before slipping the puck through the five hole of Nikolai Khabibulin and tying the game at 1-1.
Just after a penalty to Steve Staios expired, Dutin Penner created a turnover at the Chicago blueline and outmuscled Dustin Byfuglien to the Blackhawks net before backhanding it by Khabibulin for the go-ahead goal.
Penner had another chance several minutes later at the doorstep of Khabibulin but this time his backhand attempt was denied.
Shots on goal after one period were 13-6 for Chicago.
Edmonton started the second period with a bit more jump than the opening frame as shots on goal were 7-6 Oilers through the first 10 minutes of the period.
Past the midway point of the second, Martin Lapointe went knee-on-knee with Ales Hemsky in the Chicago zone. The result was a two minute penalty to the Blackhawks forward.
Just after the penalty expired, Jonathan Toews took a blast on a two-on-one that Garon kicked away with his left pad.
Geoff Sanderson set up Zack Stortini in the crease in what was Edmonton's best scoring chance of the period. Stortini tried to backhand it across the line but Khabibulin got a stick on it and made the save.
Coming back the other way, Kane drove to the net and backhanded it to Patrick Sharp at the top of the crease. He fired it past Garon for the goal to tie the game up at 2-2.
Shots after two were 23-16 in favour of the Blackhawks.
Early in the third, Brent Seabrook blasted a shot from the right circle that beat Garon and gave Chicago a 3-2 lead.
On the next shift, Stortini dropped the gloves with Lapointe as retribution for the Hemsky hit. Stortini won the fight handily, pummelling Lapointe to the ice.
Garon made a huge glove save midway through the third to keep it as a one-goal game. The Oilers goaltender did a good job through the first half of the period as the Blackhawks had a 8-1 edge in shots.
With 1:59 to go in the third, Brent Sopel batted the puck over the glass to put Edmonton on the power play for the final two minutes.
The Oilers tried in desperation to tie it up and had plenty of chances but could not tie the game.
At the end of the game, both teams engaged in a skirmish in the corner of the 'Hawks end. There was some pushing and shoving but not much materialized.
NOTES: Ales Hemsky left the game in the second period with a knee injury and did not return.