Series (Game 1 of 4)

Edmonton leads 2-1

Game 1: Sunday, November 3rd
Game 2: Tuesday, November 19th
Game 3: Saturday, February 8th
Game 4: Sunday, March 30th

Oilers 4

(3-4-1, 10 pts)

Blackhawks 1

(5-5-0, 11 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 3, 2002

United Center, Chicago, Illinois

1 2 3 T
EDM 1 2 14
CHI 0 1 01

T. Salo (Oilers - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .960

A. Carter (Oilers - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

R. Smyth (Oilers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Carter gets two goals as Oilers kick off trip right

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers started a six-game road trip with a balanced team approach and a victory.

Anson Carter

Anson Carter scored twice and Tommy Salo stopped 24 shots as the Oilers defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1.

''It was important for us to get off to a good start,'' Carter said. ''Everybody chipped in, whether it was our centers winning big draws, whether it was making good plays on the wall or making a good first pass.

''And Tommy (Salo) played well. He was a rock force for us back there.''

Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff also scored for the Oilers, who have earned points in four consecutive games (2-0-1-1).

Kyle Calder scored for Chicago, which has been outscored 9-2 in losing two consecutive. Blackhawks goalie Jocelyn Thibault made 24 saves behind spotty defensive support.

''We knew Edmonton was a hard forechecking team,'' Chicago coach Brian Sutter said. ''Our forwards have to help out, too. We've got to do it to them.''

Carter opened the scoring 5:10 in when he broke in off right wing, cut across the slot and beat Thibault with a backhander.

The goal was set up when the Blackhawks turned the puck over at their blue line. Edmonton's Ales Pisa passed it up the boards to Carter, who was alone at the Chicago blue line.

Smyth made it 2-0 at 6:30 of the second on a wraparound shot from the side of the net. After skating from behind the net, he tucked the puck inside the right post before Thibault could cover.

Thibault thought Edmonton's Mike Comrie interfered and prevented him from getting into position.

''The guy was pushing me and I couldn't get back into the crease,'' Thibault said. ''It was frustrating because we end up losing the game because of it.''

Calder cut it to 2-1 with 4:42 left in the second with a deflection from the slot. He redirected Mark Bell's centering pass from the right corner.

Just 36 seconds later, Horcoff gave the Oilers a 3-1 lead on a one-timer from the edge of the crease. After driving through the Blackhawks' defense, Horcoff converted Todd Marchant's feed.

''The killer goal was the third one,'' Sutter said.

Carter completed the scoring into an empty net with 39 seconds left.

Game notes

Chicago right wing Eric Daze, the team's leading scorer last season with 38 goals and 70 points, resumed skating Saturday, general manager Mike Smith said. Daze, who underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc Sept. 25, could return in about two weeks. ... Blackhawks left wing Chris Simon, acquired in a trade from Washington on Friday, has just one goal in 36 games, dating to last season. He's minus-5 in his first two games with Chicago. ... Edmonton defenseman Eric Brewer missed the game Sunday with a bruised left shoulder, sustained in a tie against Buffalo on Friday. He is day-to-day.

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