Blackhawks pull out shoot out win over Oilers

The Blackhawks have improved to 3-1-0 without Patrick Kane (broken clavicle) in their lineup. But they sure aren't making it easy on themselves along the way.

While they won 2-1 in the shootout tonight, they were lucky to get to overtime. They allowed the Oilers 47 SOG (+20 attempts blocked/9 missed shots) - 18 in the first period alone - while only managing 39 SOG (+22/17) of their own. Corey Crawford has gone 3-0-0 in his last three starts, including a shut out, with a .968 sv%: Chicago's challenges aren't on his shoulders. Ben Scrivens took the loss for the Oilers despite an excellent performance.

Derek Roy had the first goal of the game with 4:45 left in the first period. It would take most of the game until Brent Seabrook tied things up with 6:02 left in the game. It took the shootout to decide the game, and newly acquired Antoine Vermette put the only goal in the initial three rounds of SO.

Three Stars:

1) Corey Crawford - CHI

2) Ben Scrivens - EDM

3) Brent Seabrook - CHI

With roughly a month and 17 games left in the season, the Blackhawks sit third in the Central division with 83 points. The Blues have 85 with a game in hand, and the Predators - who have been on a 5-game losing streak - have 89 points in one more game.

On the flip side, Minnesota has won five in front of the outstanding play of Devin Dubnyk, and are 8-2-0 in their past ten, best in the division. The Wild is now breathing down Chicago's backs with 79 points, so it's now critical for the Blackhawks to be sure they're playing their best hockey and collecting as many points as they can.

The Blackhawks will host the Rangers on Sunday evening at the United Center. (6:30pm, NBCSN)