Rapid Reaction: Hawks 6, Oilers 3
Here's a quick look at the Blackhawks' win over Edmonton Sunday.
How it happened: The offense was hot from the start, scoring two goals 34 seconds apart before the first television timeout. It forced Oilers’ coach Tom Renney to use his timeout instead. Jonathan Toews tallied on nice setup by Viktor Stalberg then Steve Montador pinched after getting a pass from Patrick Kane, schooling a defenseman and then goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. Later, both those players scored again, this time Montador redirecting a shot from the slot on the power play and Toews stuffing one in that was lying at Khabibulin's feet. Edmonton’s Ryan Smith also stuffed one in tight to cut a 2-0 lead in half but that’s as close as the Oilers came despite getting a late second period power-play goal by Shawn Horcoff to stay close. Dan Carcillo added an empty-netter to conclude the scoring.
What it means: It’s a meaningful win against a team off to a hot start. Edmonton, behind Khabibulin, hasn’t given up much defensively, but the Hawks took advantage of an off-night by the former Hawks’ netminder. For the third straight game, Hawks’ blue-liners added offense as they may have found their answer in the slot on the power play with Montador. Montador’s better play was his rush toward the net on his first goal. He made a big-time move on the best goaltender in the league in the early portion of this season. The Hawks are rolling at 11-4-3 heading into a long road trip.
Seabrook out: Brent Seabrook left the game in second period after hitting the boards hard behind the Oilers net. The Hawks declared him out for the rest of the night due to a lower-body injury. It appeared Seabrook hurt his left leg on the fall.
What’s next: It’s time for the annual Circus Trip where the Hawks leave town as the circus takes over the United Center. The Hawks will embark on a six-game roadie after practicing in Chicago on Monday. Their first stop is Vancouver for a game against the Canucks on Wednesday.