- Scott Powers, Reporter
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How it happened: The Blackhawks went down 4-0 after the first period, but they weren’t going away without a fight. The Blackhawks scored four second-period goals and cut the Oilers’ advantage to two goals. The Blackhawks trimmed the lead to one in the third period. It would be as close as they would get, though. Patrick Kane (2), Marian Hossa, Sheldon Brookbank and Brent Seabrook scored for the Blackhawks. Sam Gagner (2), Mike Brown, Shawn Horcoff, Taylor Hall and Ryan Whitney scored for the Oilers. Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery allowed three goals on nine shots and was pulled during the first period, replaced by Corey Crawford. Oilers starting goaltender Devan Dubnyk left the game with an injury in the second period, and Yann Danis replaced him.
Player of the game: Gagner has had the Blackhawks’ number in the past few years. He had a game last season where he had four goals and four assists against the Blackhawks. He had two goals in Sunday’s win.
What it means: After going 24 consecutive games without a regulation loss, the Blackhawks have now lost their last two games in regulation. They have been outscored 12-7 in their past two games. Sunday marked the final game in a seven-game, 11-day stretch for the Blackhawks, who lead the NHL with a 21-2-3 record and 45 points.
What’s next: The Blackhawks will have three days off before playing the Columbus Blue Jackets on the road on Thursday.
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