Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 5, Oilers 3
January, 12, 2014
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on Sunday.
How it happened: The Blackhawks responded in a positive way after scoring an own goal to allow the Oilers to tie the game at 2-2 during the second period. Marian Hossa celebrated his 35th birthday with a power-play goal to put the Blackhawks up 3-2, and Jonathan Toews gave them a 4-2 lead with a nifty move in front of the net later in the second period. Taylor Hall cut the Blackhawks’ lead to one with a goal with 14:43 left in the third period before Brent Seabrook extended it back to two goals later in the period. Ben Smith and Andrew Shaw also scored for the Blackhawks. Ales Hemsky scored for the Oilers in the first period, and Boyd Gordon was credited with the second goal. Blackhawks rookie goaltender Antti Raanta made 18 saves on 20 shots.
What it means: The Blackhawks snapped a three-game winless streak and improved to 30-8-10 with a Central Division-leading 70 points. The Blackhawks have outscored the Oilers 15-8 in three games this season. The Blackhawks’ offense has been lacking of late. Sunday’s win marked the first time in five games they scored in the first period and the second time in seven games they scored more than two goals. Toews extended his points streak to six games. Kane, who leads the Blackhawks with 56 points, snapped a three-game points drought and had his first multipoint game since Dec. 28. Shaw broke out of a six-game points slump.
Player of the game: Hossa scored the Blackhawks’ lone goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday and added a goal and an assist on Sunday.
Stat of the game: The Blackhawks had 74 total shots to the Oilers’ 40.
What’s next: The Blackhawks remain at home and play the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. The teams have split their two meetings this season.