Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist while Jordan Eberle had two helpers to help lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Monday night.
Devan Dubnyk made 39 saves, including 22 in the third period alone to help lift Edmonton to victory.
Just under four minutes into the game, the first penalty of the game went to Dan Carcillo. As the Blackhawks were leaving their own zone, he hooked Corey Potter. Edmonton managed one shot with the man advantage but otherwise, Chicago did a good job killing off the two minutes.
Three minutes later, it was Chicago's turn on the power play as Potter was sent off for two minutes for holding.
On the ensuing power play, Dubnyk had to be sharp during a goalmouth scramble in front. The Oilers netminder sprawled out and made several big stops as the 'Hawks were buzzing around the crease. Near the end of the penalty, Dubnyk stuck out his left pad and denied Bolland for another huge save, enabling the Oilers to kill off the penalty.
Jonathan Toews opened the scoring with 7:06 to go in the opening frame. Toews wristed a shot along the ice from the high slot that just went past the left pad of an outstretched Dubnyk.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins took a tumble awkwardly into the boards in the later half of the period and had to get some attention on the bench and later in the room. He did not return to the game due to a shoulder injury.
With just over a minute left in the period, Ryan Jones used his speed to get in behind the Chicago defence and break in alone on netminder Corey Crawford. Jones tried to go five-hole but was denied on the doorstep of the Blackhawks goalie.
Shots on goal were even at 10 apiece after 20 minutes of play but Chicago had a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard.
Ales Hemsky took a hooking penalty early in the second to put Chicago back on the power play.
Tom Gilbert took a tumble into the boards behind the net with Dan Carcillo. For his efforts, Carcillo received five minutes for boarding and a game misconduct and also injured himself. Gilbert was also injured on the play, though it appeared not as severely but both he and Carcillo went to their respective dressing rooms for treatment.
Gilbert did not return to the game after suffering a right knee injury.
The Oilers didn't waste any time as 16 seconds into the major penalty, Ryan Smyth jammed the puck in at the side of the net to tie it up at 1-1.
With 1:23 left in the five-minute penalty, Taylor Hall wristed a shot from the bottom of the right circle that beat Crawford through the five hole. The goal came moments after he stuck Niklas Hjalmarsson in the face with a follow through on a clearing attempt.
Hjalmarsson got a measure of revenge 99 seconds later, firing a shot from the left point that was tipped in front by Andrew Brunette, beating Dubnyk and tying the game at 2-2.
With the second period winding down, Jordan Eberle made a great play to get the puck to Andy Sutton in the slot. Sutton made no mistake, wristing it past Crawford to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead.
Oilers outshot Chicago 13 to 9 in the second period. Overall, Edmonton had a 23 to 19 edge on the shot clock.
Edmonton extended its lead to 4-2 just over eight minutes into the third period. Ben Eager skated in and backhanded a shot past Crawford for the goal.
Eric Belanger took a four minute high sticking penalty with 8:46 to play in the period, giving Chicago their best opportunity to get back in the game.
For the first three minutes of the power play, the Oilers penalty killers were able to ensure the Blackhawks did not even get a shot on goal. Chicago did get some pressure as the Belanger penalty was winding down but nothing of the five-star variety.
With 3:49 to go, Jimmy Hayes spun and fires from the bottom of the left faceoff circle that eludes Dubnyk after going through several legs on its way to the net.
12 seconds later, Ryan Jones bowled over Crawford in the crease to give Chicago a power play with a chance now to tie it up.
With 11 seconds to play, Ales Hemsky couldn't beat out the icing call setting up a faceoff in the Oilers end.
Chicago had 22 shots in the third period but could not convert more than one goal, giving the Oilers the 4-3 victory.