Unlikely contributors step up in Hawks' win

November, 26, 2013
11/26/13
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By Ryan Dittrick
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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Some unlikely sources became key contributors Monday night as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 at Rexall Place.

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Perry Nelson/USA TODAY SportsAndrew Shaw recorded a pair of goals and an assist in the Blackhawks' 5-1 win over the Oilers.
While the usual suspects -- Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith -- combined to give the visitors an early 2-0 lead, the foot soldiers did the rest.

Andrew Shaw recorded a pair of goals and an assist, while Jeremy Morin, Marcus Kruger, Brandon Bollig, Nick Leddy and Johnny Oduya all stepped up.

In all, 10 Blackhawks recorded at least one point in the victory.

“We got back to our system,” Shaw said, grinning ear to ear. “We're rolling all four lines right now and everyone's bringing the energy we need. Beyond that, the chemistry we have in this locker room right now is amazing. It's a nice feeling when, at any given point on any given night, anyone can step up and contribute.

“Right now we're doing that and it's paying off.”

Goals by Toews, Kane and Oduya gave the Hawks a 3-0 cushion before Shaw got on the board at 5:49 of the second period, capping a 3-on-1 after Morin delivered a perfect cross-ice pass.

Right place, right time?

“I guess so,” Shaw laughed. “I needed to make up for a few bad plays I had last game, so I tried to work extra hard tonight.”

Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk was then replaced by Ilya Bryzgalov after making only 10 saves on 14 shots.

Shaw added another late, beating the newcomer and capping a 5-1 Chicago win.

“They've scored some big goals for us on this trip,” head coach Joel Quenneville said. “It's nice to get some timely secondary scoring like that. It's already resulted in a couple big wins for us. They're doing some good things.”

“It's huge,” added veteran defenseman Duncan Keith. “To go far in the playoffs, you need to have good depth. Our coaches are rewarding them for the way they're playing right now.

“They’re certainly deserving of the praise and the extra ice time. They've been key contributors for us lately.”

Meanwhile, Keith had another stellar night on the blue line. Pacing all skaters with over 26 minutes played, Keith recorded a pair of assists and now leads all NHL defensemen with 19 on the year.

“He was real good,” Quenneville said. “You look at the Vancouver game, and now tonight -- what a special player. Good patience, good play recognition, real good gap. He's a threat off the point, off the rush … he does it all.”

“The power play has been a little bit better this year, but other than that, I’m doing the same things that I’ve always done,” Keith added. “Right now I'm fortunate that the numbers are working in my favor. It's nice to be up among the league leaders.”

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
36 16 20 9
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 16
AssistsP. Kane 20
+/-K. Versteeg 15
GAAC. Crawford 2.00