Blackhawks shutout Oilers 5-0 Wednesday night
|Edmonton's Taylor Hall skates up the ice vs. Chicago Wednesday, Nov. 17 at Rexall Place. The Blackhawks won the game 5-0. (Photo by Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)
The Oilers were hoping to continue their success vs. the Blackhawks with a win at Rexall Place Wednesday night, but the visitors had something else in mind. Jonathan Toews scored the game's first three goals for a natural hat-trick, paving the way for a 5-0 shutout over the Oilers.
Under the Scope
Two Oilers netminders shared the incredible shot load, with Nikolai Khabibulin
stopping 27 in the first two periods and Devan Dubnyk
stopping 15 in the third.
The Oilers came out flying, dominating the first few minutes of the game. The Blackhawks soon found some traction and took control of the shot clock, but a tripping minor to Dave Bolland put the home team back in the driver's seat. The power-play failed to produce a goal, however, and the high-energy scoreless game continued.
With just over five minutes left in the frame, the visitors hit the lamp. Faced with a swarm of Hawks, Nikolai Khabibulin
came up with a pair of saves but couldn't keep Jonathan Toews from prodding the puck across the line. Chicago took a 1-0 lead.
The Blackhawks assumed a substantial 19-4 shot advantage following the goal and, with their 20th shot, made it 2-0. Only 25 seconds into Theo Peckham
's cross-checking penalty, Toews got lucky and deflected a pass off Tom Gilbert
's skate into the net.
The power-play goal ensured the Oilers would start the middle frame in a two-goal hole.
1:12 into the second, Toews secured a natural hat trick. With help from Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks captain skated into the slot and quickly wristed the puck past Khabibulin to make it 3-0 for the visitors.
The Hawks held their dominant shot lead as the period continued, attaining 30 shots by the 15-minute mark. The Oilers had posted 10 when they benefited from their second powerplay, courtesy of Troy Brouwer.
The man-advantage didn't have the desired effect, however. At 18:57, Patrick Sharp surged in and scored shorthanded, setting the score 4-0 heading into the final frame.
The Oilers opted for a netminding change to start the third, pulling Khabibulin in favour of Devan Dubnyk
. The fresh goalie stopped his first four shots, but at 1:58 Bryan Bickell slapped the puck top shelf to put the Blackhawks up by five.
By the end of regulation, Chicago had attained 47 shots, nearly 30 more than the Oilers. Their 5-0 lead went untouched and the Oilers suffered their fifth straight loss.
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