Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 5, Oilers 4
November, 10, 2013
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on Sunday.
How it happened: The Blackhawks’ offense continued to roll and produced at least four goals for the fifth time in six games. Duncan Keith’s power-play goal at 13:39 of the third period proved to be the winner. The Oilers cut the Blackhawks’ lead to 5-4 when Jordan Eberle scored a short-handed goal with 1:30 left in the final period. The Blackhawks’ Marcus Kruger broke a 3-3 tie with a goal in front of the net at 11:44 of the third period. Brandon Saad got the Blackhawks going by scoring the game’s first goal in the first period and set up Andrew Shaw for the Blackhawks’ second goal. The Oilers capitalized twice on the power play with goals by David Perron and Nail Yakupov. The Blackhawks’ Bryan Bickell and the Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored goals. Philip Larsen had three assists for the Oilers. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford started for the second consecutive day and stopped 19-of-23 shots. Crawford also made a save on a penalty shot by Sam Gagner.
What it means: The Blackhawks have found their groove in the past few weeks. They are 5-0-1 and scored 27 goals in their past six games. The Blackhawks’ top line of Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp had been leading that offensive attack, but everyone else got involved in the offense on Sunday. The Blackhawks improved to 12-2-4 on the season. Their last regulation loss was Oct. 26. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville tied Mike Keenan for fifth in all-time wins at 672 on Sunday.
Player of the game: Saad produced his first points in five games. It was his third multiple point game of the season. He has four goals and six assists on the season.
Stat of the game: Toews was 21-of-28 on faceoffs. The Oilers won 23 faceoffs as a team.
What’s next: The Blackhawks won’t play again until Thursday, when they host the Phoenix Coyotes.