Series (Game 3 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

Blackhawks 3

(23-19-3, 59 pts)

Oilers 0

(25-18-6, 62 pts)

10:00 PM ET, February 8, 2003

Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
CHI 0 0 33
EDM 0 0 00

J. Thibault (Blackhawks - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: 1.000

K. Calder (Blackhawks - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

T. Salo (Oilers - G): Saves: 30, Save Pct.: .909

Chicago scores three third-period goals to lift Thibault

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Jocelyn Thibault is putting up some big numbers in Chicago's run for a playoff spot.

Jocelyn Thibault
Chicago Blackhawks
46 22 16 7 .921 2.16

Thibault made 29 saves for his NHL-leading seventh shutout, and the Blackhawks scored three third-period goals in a 3-0 victory over Edmonton on Saturday night.

''Individual honors are far away from my head right now,'' Thibault said. ''We want to make the playoffs, obviously, and this was a big win. We know it's going to be a battle to the end.''

Thibault, who has 34 career shutouts, broke a tie with Toronto's Ed Belfour and Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere for the league shutout lead.

''The guys in front of me did a great job,'' Thibault said.

Steve Thomas, Tyler Arnason and Sergei Berezin scored for the Blackhawks, 2-6-2-0 in their past 10 games and 2-3-1-0 during a seven-game trip.

Thomas deflected in Nathan Dempsey's point shot 2:02 into the third period for his second goal of the season and 399th of his career. Berezin also assisted on the goal.

''I didn't know if I was ever going to score again,'' Thomas said of the his second goal of the season and first since Oct. 19. ''I heard it hit the post, but I didn't see where it went. Thank goodness it hit the right side of the post.''

Arnason made it 2-0 at 9:22, jamming in Kyle Calder's rebound for his 15th goal. Calder extended his points streak to four games, during which he has two goals and three assists.

Berezin added an unassisted goal with 2:03 left, his 16th.

Edmonton's power play continued to struggle, going 0-for-7 including a 37-second two-man advantage late in the first period and a 1:29 two-man advantage midway through the second. The Oilers are 1-for-28 on the power play in their past six games.

''We missed the net a couple of times on the five-on-three,'' Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. ''The one thing you can't do is miss the net far side. We did that -- twice. That's indicative of how our power play has been.''

Game notes

Edmonton won its first two games against Chicago this season, 3-1 at home on Nov. 19 and 4-1 in Chicago on Nov. 3 . . . Chicago is 1-4-1-0 in Canada this season. ... Center Mike Comrie returned to the Oilers' lineup after missing 13 games because of a broken right thumb. ... Oilers defenseman Eric Brewer played his 300th game.

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