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40-34-8

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game recap

Blackhawks 3, Oilers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 3, Oilers 2
Edmonton Oilers 2, Chicago Blackhawks 3

CHICAGO (AP) -Brent Seabrook and the Chicago Blackhawks had quite a weekend at the expense of the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers.

Seabrook had his first two-goal game in the NHL, and the Blackhawks beat the Oilers 3-2 on Sunday night for their third straight victory.

The defenseman's second goal, at 1:20 of the third period, broke a 2-2 tie. His drive from the right wing beat goalie Mathieu Garon on the short side.

In his third NHL season, Seabrook also scored in Chicago's 4-3 overtime win in Ottawa on Saturday night and has four points in his last three games.

Seabrook, who played just three minor league games following junior hockey, may have enjoyed his most impressive weekend as a pro.

"Probably," Seabrook said. "We had a great game in Ottawa, a big win, and a great team effort tonight. We all came out, played hard for 60 minutes and did the little things."

"I thought we've played very well during this span," Chicago coach Denis Savard added. "Everybody's really stepped up. It's all about desire, character, grit."

Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 25 saves.

"I think we all expected a letdown today," Sharp said. "To our credit we all showed up and played for three periods."

Following Sunday's victory, many of the Blackhawks players came back on to the ice to wave to and salute a season-high crowd of 20,151 in the 20,500-seat United Center.

"It's Christmastime and our fans have been so great this year," Seabrook said. "They've supported us through thick and thin."

Brent Seabrook celebrates his second goal of the game with teammate Patrick Sharp during the third period. (AP Photo/Jerry Lai)

Tom Gilbert and Dustin Penner connected for the Oilers, 0-2-1 in their last three games. Garon finished with 31 saves in the often-physical contest.

"We played just as hard as they did," Penner said. "The only difference is they won."

Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish agreed.

"We battled hard and showed a lot of moxie tonight," he said.

Edmonton's Ales Hemsky left the game late in the second period because of a left knee injury after colliding with Chicago's Martin Lapointe and didn't return.

Lapointe received a minor penalty for tripping on the play.

"It's was a dirty hit, there was no doubt about it," MacTavish said. "It's should have been at least 5 minutes. Now we've got one of our best guys having X-rays because of a guy who plays 10 minutes a game."

MacTavish said Hemsky will undergo an MRI in the next few days.

Chicago forward Dave Bolland broke a finger in the third period.

Seabrook opened the scoring on a power play 6:53 in. His shot from the blue line struck Edmonton forward Fernando Pisani's stick, deflected downward and past Garon.

Gilbert tied it with a power-play goal at 8:05, beating Khabibulin from the right circle. Andrew Cogliano's centering pass from left wing hit Chicago defensemen James Wisniewski's stick and went to Gilbert.

Penner pounced on a Chicago turnover, broke in alone up the slot and gave the Oilers a 2-1 a lead at 11:08 of the first. Penner picked off a pass from Chicago's Adam Burish to Bolland when Bolland couldn't handle the puck.

Sharp tied it at 2 with 2:16 left in the second from the edge of the crease. He was set up by Patrick Kane, the NHL rookie scoring leader who made a move around Joni Pitkanen on right wing, then backhanded a centering pass to Sharp from behind the net.

The Blackhawks played the final 1:59 short-handed, with Brent Sopel off for delay of game. Garon was pulled for an extra attacker during the final 1:30.

Notes: Chicago RW Martin Havlat missed the game after pulling a groin Saturday night Ottawa. Havlat missed 22 games earlier this season because of a shoulder injury. In 12 games, he has five goals and six assists. ... Edmonton G Dwayne Roloson missed his second game because of the flu. Garon was backed up by Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers. ... Oilers LW Raffi Torres missed his fourth game because of a sprained ACL in his right knee.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:53
CHI
PPG - Brent Seabrook (4) ASST: James Wisniewski (7), Martin Lapointe (3)
1 - 0 CHI
08:05
EDM
PPG - Tom Gilbert (6) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (11), Robert Nilsson (12)
1 - 1 Tie
11:08
EDM
Dustin Penner (10) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 EDM
2nd Period
17:44
CHI
Patrick Sharp (18) ASST: Patrick Kane (25), Brent Sopel (10)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
01:20
CHI
Brent Seabrook (5) ASST: Robert Lang (18), Petri Kontiola (2)
3 - 2 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
02:43
CHI
Ben Eager  Fighting against  Zack Stortini
02:43
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting against  Ben Eager
04:56
EDM
Dick Tarnstrom  Holding against  Sergei Samsonov
07:44
CHI
Patrick Kane  Interference against  Mathieu Garon
08:20
EDM
Steve Staios  Holding against  Patrick Sharp
13:15
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Tripping against  Jarret Stoll
17:50
EDM
Joni Pitkanen  Interference against  Petri Kontiola
2nd Period
03:53
CHI
Jonathan Toews  Hooking against  Dustin Penner
04:51
EDM
Joni Pitkanen  Hi-sticking against  Brent Seabrook
04:51
EDM
Joni Pitkanen  Roughing against  Brent Seabrook
04:51
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Roughing against  Joni Pitkanen
13:05
CHI
Martin Lapointe  Tripping against  Ales Hemsky
18:43
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Tripping against  Petri Kontiola
3rd Period
01:23
CHI
Martin Lapointe  Fighting against  Zack Stortini
01:23
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting against  Martin Lapointe
04:53
CHI
Jonathan Toews  Tripping against  Robert Nilsson
18:01
CHI
Brent Sopel  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 34TOI: 58:20
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .912SH: 4 - 4
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .926SH: 3 - 3