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game recap

Oilers end six-game roadie with loss to Blackhawks

Sunday, 11.13.2011 / 4:00 PM

Ryan Dittrick - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers end six-game roadie with loss to Blackhawks
Edmonton Oilers 3, Chicago Blackhawks 6
Three Stars of the Game
Steve Montador
1st
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:18
Jonathan Toews
2nd
Jonathan Toews
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:09
Nick Leddy
3rd
Nick Leddy
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 27:20

The Oilers and Blackhawks traded goals in the game's remaining 55 minutes, but a pair of early tallies from the home side pushed Chicago to a two-goal advantage, and then some, that could never be overwritten; the Oilers dropped a 6-3 score to the Blackhawks Sunday night in Illinois.

FIRST PERIOD

At 4:55, the home side's relentless pressure resulted in the game's 1-0 goal. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews curled from the goal line, sneaking out to the low-slot at the crease's lip; he then placed a well-executed shot up top, bar-in on Nikolai Khabibulin to put Chicago up.

34 seconds later, the Oilers went down by a pair. Hawks D man Steve Montador scooped a loose puck and danced in on the wilting orange and blue coverage. Chicago's No. 5 broke in on Lennart Petrell and Corey Potter before cuttting across the crease and depositing the puck past the veteran netminder at 5:29.

Chicago's quick-strike attack prompted Head Coach Tom Renney to call a timeout to settle his troops.

Passed the period's 10-minute mark, Chicago held a slim 6-4 edge in shots but were quite content with the numbers on the scoreboard.

The Hawks' early advantage didn't cause the visiting side to lay down, mind you. At 11:41, the team's leading scorer, Ryan Smyth, propelled his club back into the game. In picking up a loose puck behind Chicago's goal-line, No. 94 stepped up, drove the net and caught Corey Crawford by surprise with a pseudo post-side tap-in to make it a 2-1 game.

With 5:39 to play, Jordan Eberle, who assisted on Smyth's goal, was assessed a holding minor to put the Blackhawks' 12.5-percent power-play to work. With 10 seconds remaining in the chance, the Blackhawks succeeded to regain the two-goal advantage once more.

With a pair of red sweaters patrolling the slot and without an Oiler in sight, Nick Leddy's on-the-ice point blast was redirected home by Montador to put the Blackhawks up 3-1 on their 10th shot at 16:11.

The Blackhawks' 3-1 lead carried into the intermission, along with a 10-8 lead on the shot clock.

SECOND PERIOD

In a goal similar to Smyth's opening period marker, Toews scored his second of the night to put Chicago up 4-1 only 22 seconds into the period; he skated in along the goal-line and slid a shot toward a cheating Khabibulin. The puck escaped the veteran's grasp and eventually pinpalled into the cage.

Ex-Hawk Ben Eager broke in on a partial 2-on-1 with Petrell and, while his attempt was not converted, he did draw a penalty. The Oilers' 17.2-percent power-play went to work when Chicago's Rostislav Olesz was charged with holding at 2:28.

The Oilers struggled to maintain possession on the man-advantage and gave the chance up with 22 seconds remaining in Olesz's minor when Joredan Eberle was called for high-sticking at 4:07, putting the teams in a quick 4-on-4 situation prior to Chicago's second power-play attempt.

Just as Eberle's minor expired, No. 14 skated out and lunged toward a loose puck when Duncan Keith bumbled the disc at the blueline; Eberle collected the puck near his own bench, skated in along and out-waited the netminder with a clever move to make it a 4-2 game.

In a hurry, the Blackhawks replied to go up by three once more. Keith, making amends for his ill-timed error on Eberle's goal, blasted a shot that eluded bodies and a deep-in-his-crease Khabibulin to make it a 5-2 game at 7:47.

Trailing by three on the scoreboard and 16-12 in shots, the Oilers' power-play hit the ice for a second time at 9:23 when Patrick Kane was charged with high-sticking. The chance passed without incident and the game remained in a 5-2 score, favouring the home side.

The man-advantage tables turned once more at 15:01 when Ryan Smyth was assessed a tripping minor. The Blackhawks peppered Khabibulin with three high-quality shots, but were unable to cash.

With 1:59 on the clock, Ryan Smyth appeared to pull the Oilers back into the game with a crash-and-bang goal, but the referee deemed the puck to be covered, blowing the play dead. On the same sequence, however, the Oilers went back to the power-play when Viktor Stalberg was charged with unsportsmanlike conduct.

And on the orange and blue's third power-play chance, a goal was scored. The Oilers' captain cashed on the doorstep, pulling the Oilers back into the game at 19:15.

With 40 minutes expired, the Oilers trailed by two and were down 21-16 in shots.

THIRD PERIOD

The period's best chance came near the seven-minute mark as Chicago's Bryan Bickell danced inside-out on Corey Potter across the crease. His was denied by Khabibulin, preserving his team's two-goal disadvantage.

A mid-ice collision between Ladislav Smid and Lennart Petrell near the nine-minute mark allowed Patrick Kane to split the D and rush in alone, but Khabibulin came up big once more with a blocker-side save.

With 7:43 remaining, Theo Peckham picked up a holding minor, putting the Hawks' 1-for-3 power-play on the ice. The visitors did come up big, mind you, pushing the game's 5-3 score into the waning minutes.

Khabibulin was pulled with 1:50 to play, but Kane made short work of the gaping cage, passing to Dan Carcillo for the tap-in to make it 6-3. As the buzzer sounded, the Oilers were downed 6-3 while giving up a 34-23 shot advantage in the team's third straight loss.

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scoring summary
1st Period
04:55
CHI
Jonathan Toews (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Viktor Stalberg (4), Nick Leddy (9)
1 - 0 CHI
05:29
CHI
Steve Montador (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Patrick Kane (12), Patrick Sharp (11)
2 - 0 CHI
11:41
EDM
Ryan Smyth (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Eberle (9), Tom Gilbert (4)
2 - 1 CHI
16:11
CHI
PPG - Steve Montador (3) Tip-in - ASST: Nick Leddy (10), Duncan Keith (8)
3 - 1 CHI
2nd Period
00:22
CHI
Jonathan Toews (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Marian Hossa (9)
4 - 1 CHI
06:17
EDM
Jordan Eberle (4) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 2 CHI
07:47
CHI
Duncan Keith (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Marian Hossa (10)
5 - 2 CHI
19:15
EDM
PPG - Shawn Horcoff (3) Tip-in - ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (7), Taylor Hall (8)
5 - 3 CHI
3rd Period
18:15
CHI
EN - Daniel Carcillo (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Kane (13), Patrick Sharp (12)
6 - 3 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
14:21
EDM
Jordan Eberle  Holding against  Marian Hossa
2nd Period
02:28
CHI
Rostislav Olesz  Holding against  Ben Eager
04:07
EDM
Jordan Eberle  Hi-sticking against  Brent Seabrook
09:23
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hi-sticking against  Corey Potter
15:01
EDM
Ryan Smyth  Tripping against  Marian Hossa
18:01
CHI
Viktor Stalberg  Broken stick
3rd Period
12:17
EDM
Theo Peckham  Holding against  Viktor Stalberg
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 34TOI: 59:48
Saves: 29EV: 24 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .853SH: 1 - 1
Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford
8-4-2
SA: 23TOI: 59:51
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 0