Blackhawks roll over Oilers for 6th straight win
The Chicago Blackhawks seem to enjoy playing in Alberta.
Two nights after beating the Flames 7-1 in Calgary, the Blackhawks thrashed the Oilers 5-2 Saturday in Edmonton.
Jonathan Toews had a pair of goals and an assist while Cristobal Huet made 28 saves as Chicago (14-5-2) won their sixth straight game.
"We needed to be a better road team and we're off to a good start with that on this trip," Toews said. "That first game in Calgary was a big one and we continued to play well tonight. We're on a roll right now. We're not thinking about our six-game streak though; we're just trying to take it one game at a time."
Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers made 26 stops but had a rough start, giving up three goals on the first six shots he faced.
Playing in the place of Nikolai Khabibulin — who was resting a sore back — Deslauriers couldn't be blamed for the first two 'Hawks goals.
Toews roofed it on the Edmonton backup after Ladislav Smid coughed it up behind the Oilers goal. On his second shot on that chance, Toews put it high on the glove side for his third goal of the season.
That gift by Smid was matched 35 seconds later when Chicago defenceman Cam Barker, attempting to clear the puck from the Blackhawks crease, poked the puck past his own goalie, Huet. Sheldon Souray got the last Edmonton touch and was credited with the goal.
But Souray felt Barker's pain less than three minutes later when he had a hand — or a chest — in Kris Versteeg's go-ahead goal.
Left alone in front of the Edmonton goal with the puck, Versteeg got two chances on the backhand. The save by Deslauriers on the second attempt sent the puck into the air over the crease and into the path of Souray — who had it bounce of his chest and into the net.
Kane uses speed to burn Oilers
With the funny bounces out of the way, Chicago's Patrick Kane scored the eventual game-winner. The diminutive right winger gloved down a pass from Toews in the neutral zone, burned by Oilers' Liam Reddox and fooled Deslauriers into opening his pads so Kane could slide the puck five-hole for a 3-1 lead.
Oilers head coach Pat Quinn said he hopes his team took some pointers from the play of the Blackhawks.
"You hope there are some lessons there," he said. "We got beat in all of the fundamentals of the game. They outworked us and out-willed us early on. We had some guys that didn't play very hard. If we learn from that then we have a chance. But we abandoned the game plan.
"We got handed our lunch tonight."
John Madden was the beneficiary of a pass through the crease by Andrew Ladd midway through the second. The one-timer on the doorstep gave Madden his fourth of the year and pushed his team to a lofty three-goal lead with half the game left to play.
Shawn Horcoff seemed to provide his team with a spark heading into the dressing room with a stuff-in attempt in the dying moments of the middle frame.
But upon review it was determined that the puck — which lay in the creased uncovered by Huet before Horcoff poked it in the net — crossed the line after the clock froze with 0.1 seconds remaining and the goal was waived off.
The Oilers made it 4-2 early in the third period, off a Dustin Penner power-play marker. Penner got his stick on a shot from the point by Steve Staios and deflected the puck through Huet's legs.
Ethan Moreau sat in the penalty box for 18 seconds on a goalie interference call before Toews scored his second of the night on a give-and-go with Patrick Sharp.