''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
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
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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Arena: United Center Location: Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Chris Lee, Dan Marouelli Linesmen: Vaughan Rody, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 12,531 (63.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Anson Carter (5)
Ryan Smyth (3)
Assists: Anson Carter, Steve Staios
Kyle Calder (2)
Assists: Mark Bell, Phil Housley
Shawn Horcoff (1)
Assists: Todd Marchant, Daniel Cleary
Anson Carter (6)
(Empty Net) Assists: Mike Comrie, Ryan Smyth