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Blackhawks down Oilers 3-1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe -

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Blackhawks down Oilers 3-1
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Edmonton Oilers 1

by Jen Sharpe |

Although Edmonton's Ethan Moreau scored the first goal five minutes into the game, the Chicago Blackhawks responded with three unanswered goals and 41 total shots to earn a 3-1 visiting victory Tuesday night at Rexall Place. Cristobal Huet earned the win for Chicago, while Dwayne Roloson made 38 saves for second-star honours.


An early hooking penalty to Chicago's Patrick Kane gave Edmonton the game's first powerplay, but the club couldn't beat Cristobal Huet on their lone man-advantage shot.  Three minutes later, Oilers enforcer Zack Stortini slammed Brian Campell deep in the Blackhawks zone, prompting quick dropped gloves from witness Matt Walker. WATCH HIT & FIGHT

Stortini's hit and the ensuing feisty scrap vocalized the crowd, but they managed to cheer even louder 10 seconds later. From a seemingly impossible angle, Ethan Moreau skated behind Huet's net and ricocheted the puck off Campbell's shoulder, Huet's back and into the net to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead. WATCH MOREAU'S GOAL

The 'Hawks attained a 13-4 shot lead in the following 10 minutes but saw Dwayne Roloson turn away each of their attempts. In the tail end of the period, Huet made a handful of big saves of his own -- including robbing Shawn Horcoff on a breakaway ( WATCH SAVE) -- to keep his club within one heading into the middle frame.

630 CHED's Dan Tencer talks to Ladislav Smid after the first period.


1:15 into the second, Moreau took an interference penalty and the Blackhawks benefited from their first powerplay. Although the Oilers killed the majority of the penalty, Cam Barker's slapshot from the point (Chicago's 20th shot of the game) found its way through traffic and past Roloson to tie the game at one. WATCH BARKER'S GOAL

The Blackhawks posted three shots for every Oilers attempt through the rest of the frame, culminating in a 29th shot -- and second goal -- for the visitors at 16:12. From the opposite point, center Dave Bolland avoided shot-blocker Steve Staios by faking a slapper and then fired unobstructedly into the net to give Chicago their first lead of the game. WATCH BOLLAND'S GOAL

By the second-period buzzer, Chicago was up 2-1 and owned a commanding 32-13 shot lead.

Tencer gets Sam Gagner's thoughts in the second intermission.


The 'Hawks dominated the first five minutes of the third, tallying six shots vs. the Oilers' one before taking their third penalty -- a tripping minor to Adam Burish -- at 6:29. But Edmonton's two powerplay shots wouldn't get past Huet, and upon the return of even-strength play, Chicago's Martin Havlat registered his club's 40th shot and third goal by forcing the puck between Roloson and his left post. WATCH HAVLAT'S GOAL

Edmonton hit 20 shots in the final five minutes of regulation, shortly before benefiting from their third powerplay. With 2:28 left on the clock and a minute left in the man-advantage, the Oilers went up two men by pulling Dwayne Roloson. But the extra skaters failed to produce extra goals and the Oilers settled for a 3-1 loss Tuesday night.

NOTES: In his post-game press conference, Oilers Head Coach Craig MacTavish announced that defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky suffered a dislocated shoulder in the third period. Details TBA.

scoring summary
1st Period
Ethan Moreau (12) ASST: Tom Gilbert (23)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
PPG - Cam Barker (4) ASST: Brian Campbell (28), Patrick Kane (28)
1 - 1 Tie
Dave Bolland (10) ASST: Martin Havlat (24), Matt Walker (4)
2 - 1 CHI
3rd Period
Martin Havlat (16) ASST: James Wisniewski (7), Dave Bolland (20)
3 - 1 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
Patrick Kane  Hooking against  Steve Staios
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
2nd Period
Ethan Moreau  Interference against  Martin Havlat
3rd Period
Adam Burish  Tripping against  Tom Gilbert
Dustin Byfuglien  Tripping against  Denis Grebeshkov
goalie stats
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .952SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 41TOI: 57:32
Saves: 38EV: 33 - 35
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .927SH: 0 - 0