Sunday, November 7, 2010
Rapid reaction: Oilers 2, Hawks 1
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at the United Center.
How it happened: In the span of 0:14 in the third period, the Hawks went from a potential shutout for Corey Crawford to a regulation loss, giving up two goals as they were caught on their heels. First came a power-play tally, and then off the ensuing faceoff, an Oilers’ rush produced the game-winner as Sam Gagner tapped the puck in as he slid past his check in the goalmouth. Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Marian Hossa were on the ice for both goals-against. The Hawks managed only a first-period tally by former Oiler Fernando Pisani.
What it means: A season-long trend of giving up late goals in tight games continued one night after the Hawks thought they may have solved the problem. The Hawks had the lead entering the third period, but didn’t get even a single point out of the night, dropping their record to 8-8-1, including just 4-6 at home. Already, they’ve lost both their home games to Edmonton this season.
Fight night: John Scott had his best fight as a Hawk when he pummeled Zack Stortini in the second period. Stortini ended up with his jersey over his head and the referees stepped in before more damage was done.
What’s next: The Hawks get a well deserved break in the schedule with only three games over the next seven days. They’ll face the Phoenix Coyotes for the first time this season on Wednesday before a back-to-back set of games next weekend.