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game recap

Oilers rally for 2-1 win in Chicago

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers rally for 2-1 win in Chicago
Edmonton Oilers 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Former Oiler Fernando Pisani landed the first blow Sunday night in Chicago, but former Blackhawk Nikolai Khabibulin got the last laugh after backstopping the Oil to a 2-1 victory. With third-period goals 14-seconds apart, Kurtis Foster and Sam Gagner led the offensive charge for Edmonton, ensuring a positive start to the club's five-game road trip.

FIRST PERIOD

Edmonton had some strong shifts early Sunday evening, tallying five shots on Chicago's Corey Crawford in the game's first seven minutes. The Blackhawks narrowed the gap near the midway point of the frame, but Nikolai Khabibulin came up with some big stops, including a flashy glove save on Brent Seabrook.

But moments later, a former Oiler broke the scoreless stalemate. After receiving the puck from Jack Skille, Fernando Pisani cut in from the wing and directed the puck under Khabibulin's glove to open the scoring for the Blackhawks.

Chicago assumed a 10-9 shot lead later in the period and, with only six seconds left on the clock, benefited from the game's first power-play when Shawn Horcoff was called for slashing John Scott. As such, the visitors would start the second period on the penalty-kill.

SECOND PERIOD

Edmonton limited Chicago to only one attempt on the man-advantage, but Horcoff's spot in the box didn't stay vacant for long as Jim Vandermeer was called for holding less than a minute later. The Oilers repeated their penalty-killing performance and kept the puck away from Khabibulin all but once.

With five minutes left in the frame, fans got a break from back-and-forth play when Zack Stortini and Scott dropped their gloves for a fast and furious brawl in the Blackhawks zone. Both players landed a pair of punches before linesmen interferred and referees assigned fighting majors.

At 16:09, Patrick Kane took a seat beside Scott, but he was able to serve his full hooking minor without an Oilers goal.

In a mirror image of the first period, the Blackhawks finished the second with a one-goal, one-shot lead.

THIRD PERIOD

Early in the third, it was announced that Horcoff suffered a left leg injury and would not return to the game. Things didn't get easier for the Oilers after that, thanks to a second penalty to Vandermeer, but the club made a third successful kill to stay within one.

The power-play tables soon turned, however, and Edmonton benefited from back-to-back man-advantages. Only eight seconds into the second power-play, Kurtis Foster skated in and fired past Crawford to tie the game at one. 14 seconds after that, Gagner made it 2-1 by tipping in Dustin Penner's shot.

A third consecutive Hawks infraction helped renew the Oilers shot lead, but the club couldn't add a second power-play goal.

Moments after Tomas Kopecky was freed from the penalty box, Chicago's snipers descended on Khabibulin. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane thrilled fans with two excellent scoring chances, but the Oilers netminder quieted the crowd by robbing his former teammates.

With Crawford out of his net, Andrew Cogliano narrowly missed an empty netter in the final minute, but turns out the extra goal wasn't required. Facing a desperate and dangerous Blackhawks push, the Oilers held strong and took a come-from-behind 2-1 win.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:22
CHI
Fernando Pisani (2) ASST: Jack Skille (4)
1 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
07:13
EDM
PPG - Kurtis Foster (2) ASST: Ales Hemsky (5), Ryan Whitney (10)
1 - 1 Tie
07:27
EDM
Sam Gagner (3) ASST: Dustin Penner (2), Ales Hemsky (6)
2 - 1 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
19:54
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Slashing against  John Scott
2nd Period
02:46
EDM
Jim Vandermeer  Holding against  Fernando Pisani
14:50
CHI
John Scott  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
14:50
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  John Scott
16:09
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hooking against  Taylor Hall
3rd Period
01:23
EDM
Jim Vandermeer  Roughing against  Tomas Kopecky
04:53
CHI
Viktor Stalberg  Slashing against  Sam Gagner
07:05
CHI
Niklas Hjalmarsson  Tripping against  Magnus Paajarvi
11:28
CHI
Tomas Kopecky  Interference against  Ryan Whitney
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 27TOI: 59:52
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .963SH: 0 - 0
Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford
1-4-0
SA: 26TOI: 58:41
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0