Blackhawks take entertaining 5-4 win over Oilers
The Oilers have given the Blackhawks fits over the past few seasons, but tonight, Chicago came out on top.
Brandon Saad opened the night's scoring with a goal for Chicago with 1:37 left in the first period. The Oilers would return the favor by evening up the score on a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins goal in the first minute of the second period.
Simon Gagner was awarded a penalty shot, the call going against Brent Seabrook for holding on a breakaway, but was unsuccessful; Corey Crawford improves to 8-for-8 career success on the shootout.
Nail Yakupov pulled the Oilers ahead on a power play goal at the 8:55 mark in the second period. Andrew Shaw would tie up the game for Chicago with 3:42 left in the frame.
While the Blackhawks began dictating play in the second, they began getting a lot of good looks at the net. Bryan Bickell capitalized on an easy rebound 5:33 into the third to pull the Chicago ahead 3-2.
That lead was short-lived, when David Perron tied things up 3-3 on the power play at 7:58.
Marcus Krüger would take the lead back for the Blackhawks at 11:44; Duncan Keith would make it 5-3 two minutes later.
While the Oilers managed to tally a late short-handed goal with 1:28 remaining in the game, the Blackhawks' fourth line was successful in shutting Edmonton down for the end of the period.
The Blackhawks led SOG 36-23, and were 68% in FOW.
Corey Crawford (4 GAA/.826 sv%) tallied the win; Devan Dubnyk (5 GAA/.861 sv%) took the loss.
Three stars of the game:
1) Brandon Saad (1G, 1A) - CHI
2) Duncan Keith (1G) - CHI
3) Philip Larsen (3A) - EDM
Next game: The Blackhawks will host the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. CST.
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