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game recap

Blackhawks top Oilers 5-2

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:41 PM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Blackhawks top Oilers 5-2
Edmonton Oilers 2, Chicago Blackhawks 5

Despite posting a solid first period and finishing 40 minutes deadlocked at 2-2, the Oilers were a weary bunch heading into the final frame with already 33 shots against. The Blackhawks capitalized, scoring three more goals in the third to take a 5-2 win Wednesday night.

Robert Nilsson and Shawn Horcoff scored Edmonton's first two goals, but it was rookie goalie Devan Dubnyk who carried the team by making 42 saves, including 19 in the second period alone. Though the outcome wasn't what they'd hoped, call-up defenceman Johan Motin and trade deadline acquisition Ryan Jones will forever remember the game as their first in an Oilers jersey.

FIRST PERIOD

Early in the game, the Oilers and Blackhawks traded powerplays when Ben Eager took a goaltender interference penalty and Marc Pouliot was called for high-sticking, but goalies Cristobal Huet and Devan Dubnyk outlasted the man-advantages.

Chicago tallied two shots for every Edmonton attempt through the rest of the period, but each attempt was matched with a save. As such, the Hawks carried a 12-6 shot lead into the middle frame.

SECOND PERIOD

A shoving match near Dubnyk's net resulted in coincidental roughing minors to Jason Strudwick and Dustin Byfuglien at 2:26. One minute into four-on-four, the Hawks soared back into the Oilers zone and, from the left circle, Marian Hossa fooled the rookie goalie with a top-shelf shot to give the home team a 1-0 lead.

Three minutes after the goal, another melee put the Oilers on the penalty kill. Chicago came within inches of doubling their lead, but Dubnyk's left post and right toe disappointed United Center fans and kept his club within one.

Another Oilers infraction, this time to Theo Peckham, gave Edmonton little reprieve near the game's midway point, but Dubnyk helped his club kill another two minutes by coming up with his 21st save of the game.

The Oilers goalie was tested another seven times before his club drew the spotlight to the other end of the ice. Although Huet made a save on a Sam Gagner shot, Robert Nilsson pounced and prodded the puck across the line to even the game at one.

52 seconds later, the visitors jumped ahead. After Gilbert Brule hustled a turnover and deftly fed him the puck, Shawn Horcoff wristed it home to make it 2-1 Edmonton.

But the lead didn't last long: in the period's final two minutes, Hossa helped Dave Bolland get the Blackhawks back on even terms. The goal concluded a busy 20 minutes in which both teams tallied two goals and the Hawks outshot the Oil 21-5.

THIRD PERIOD

Late roughing minors to call-up Dean Arsene and Tomas Kopecky ensured nearly two full minutes of four-on-four to start the third. Only 20 seconds in, the open ice paid off in another goal as Niklas Hjalmarsson one-timed the puck past Dubnyk to renew Chicago's lead.

Edmonton failed to tie the game on their second powerplay shortly after the goal, and Chicago followed up the successful kill with a successful man-advantage. With Horcoff serving a high-sticking minor, Byfuglien doubled the Blackhawks' lead and pushed his club over 40 shots.

In the final four minutes of regulation, Hawks captain Jonathan Toews capped an impressive solo assault with his club's fifth goal of the game.

The marker sealed a 5-2 win for Chicago, a game in which Edmonton was out-shot 47-14.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:26
CHI
Marian Hossa (18) Snap shot - ASST: Dave Bolland (6), Duncan Keith (44)
1 - 0 CHI
15:31
EDM
Robert Nilsson (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Sam Gagner (22), Dustin Penner (24)
1 - 1 Tie
16:23
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Gilbert Brule (16)
2 - 1 EDM
18:03
CHI
Dave Bolland (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Marian Hossa (18)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
00:20
CHI
Niklas Hjalmarsson (2) Slapshot - ASST: Brian Campbell (30), Patrick Kane (45)
3 - 2 CHI
09:24
CHI
PPG - Dustin Byfuglien (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Kane (46), Jonathan Toews (33)
4 - 2 CHI
16:16
CHI
Jonathan Toews (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Sharp (34), Duncan Keith (45)
5 - 2 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
01:47
CHI
Ben Eager  Interference on goalkeeper against  Devan Dubnyk
04:10
EDM
Marc-Antoine Pouliot  Hi-sticking against  Dave Bolland
2nd Period
02:26
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Slashing against  Jason Strudwick
02:26
EDM
Jason Strudwick  Roughing against  Dustin Byfuglien
06:41
EDM
Dean Arsene  Tripping against  Kris Versteeg
06:41
CHI
Ben Eager  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Zack Stortini
06:41
EDM
Zack Stortini  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Ben Eager
09:29
EDM
Theo Peckham  Hi-sticking against  Kris Versteeg
19:57
CHI
Tomas Kopecky  Roughing against  Dean Arsene
19:57
EDM
Dean Arsene  Roughing against  Tomas Kopecky
3rd Period
03:37
CHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Zack Stortini
03:37
EDM
Zack Stortini  Roughing against  Ben Eager
06:18
CHI
Tomas Kopecky  Tripping against  Ryan Jones
08:38
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Kopecky
11:05
EDM
Ryan Jones  Roughing against  Kris Versteeg
goalie stats
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 47TOI: 60:00
Saves: 42EV: 38 - 42
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .894SH: 0 - 0
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
25-12-4
SA: 14TOI: 60:00
Saves: 12EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0