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game recap

Oilers' kids have party in 9-2 win

Sunday, 11.20.2011 / 1:12 AM

NHL.com

Three Stars of the Game
Taylor Hall
1st
G: 3Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:07
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2nd
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 5Hits: 0
PTS: 5PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 13:20
Tom Gilbert
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 3Hits: 1
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 25:24

After Saturday night, the Edmonton Oilers are heading back out onto the road in a much better frame of mind.

The Oilers got three goals from Taylor Hall, the top pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, and five assists from 2011 No. 1 pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, as they flattened the Chicago Blackhawks 9-2 to put a decisive end to their four-game losing streak.

"It's nice to break that streak," Eberle said after the Oilers beat the Hawks at Rexall Place for the first time in seven tries. Chicago had outscored Edmonton 30-8 in that span.

Hall, who had gone nine games without a goal, scored once in each period for his second NHL hat trick. Nugent-Hopkins assisted on all three, as well as two others. Jordan Eberle and Tom Gilbert each had a goal and three assists for a four-point night. It was the first time since Jan. 30, 1991, that four Oilers had four points in the same game.

Nugent-Hopkins became the first 18-year-old in NHL history with five assists in a game and just the fourth ever to get five points in a single outing joining Toronto's Jack Hamilton (Dec. 4, 1943), Winnipeg's Dale Hawerchuk (March 13, 1982) and Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk (Jan. 19, 2002).

"It was fun to see the guys enjoying themselves," coach Tom Renney said. "This was a big game for us under the circumstances.

"Chicago is a good hockey club. I'm not sure you are going to see something like this happen to them again this season."

The Blackhawks came into the game on top of the overall standings, but left for a three-day break in Las Vegas with their second loss in as many nights -- they were whipped 5-2 in Calgary on Friday. Power-play goals by Patrick Sharp in the first period and Dave Bolland in the second weren't nearly enough.

"We're all (angry)," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. "We are all embarrassed. At the same time, we are going to stick together and remain a team and not point the finger at one guy or another. We are going to have to find a way to move on. We know our effort has to be way better. The way we played these last two nights was completely unacceptable."

One player who took a lot of the blame was starting goaltender Ray Emery, who gave up seven of the nine goals. "It's personally embarrassing," he said. "I want to play better than that. We have to remember how bad this feels because we don't want it to happen again."

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Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 34 shots and got plenty of help from his teammates at both ends of the ice.

"The big thing for us was coming back to a defensive commitment for the game," coach Tom Renney said. "The guys were all in tonight."

The Oilers, whose slump included a 6-3 loss at Chicago this past Sunday, needed less than eight minutes to send Emery to the bench. Ryan Jones broke a 1-1 tie when Emery misplayed his bad-angled shot at 5:47, and Ryan Smyth was all alone at the right post to tap home Eberle's perfect backdoor feed at 7:32.

"I just knew where he was going to be," Eberle said.

It was the Oilers' third goal on nine shots, and Chicago coach Joel Quenneville pulled the plug on Emery, bringing in starter Corey Crawford for the rest of the period. But Hall scored his first of the night on a power play at 12:39, snapping home the carom of Nugent-Hopkins' shot off the end boards, and Nugent-Hopkins went coast-to-coast before dishing to Eberle for a one-timer at 15:41.

"He makes it looks so easy, but it's hard," captain Shawn Horcoff said of Nugent-Hopkins' passing skills.

Nugent-Hopkins must also like to work in front of a big audience. He has 11 of his 19 points in the Oilers' four Saturday night appearances on Hockey Night in Canada.

Gilbert fired home Nugent-Hopkins' passout for a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 5:32 of the second, and Hall gave the Oilers three extra-man goals when he scored at 12:09.

Bolland and Horcoff exchanged power-play goals later in the second before Hall completed his hat trick by taking a pass from Nugent-Hopkins and rifling a perfectly placed wrister through a screen that caught the top corner past Emery's glove 9:21 into the third.

"It definitely gives us confidence," Hall said. "It's great we won all three periods. It's easy to let off the gas pedal, but we didn't."

The only time Renney had to worry was when he watched Hall go flying headfirst into the post while driving for the net late in the game.

"If I held my breath every time Hall goes flying into the net, I'd have brain problems," he said.

Material from national and team media were used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
00:48
EDM
Ales Hemsky (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeff Petry (2)
1 - 0 EDM
02:59
CHI
PPG - Patrick Sharp (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Marian Hossa (14), Patrick Kane (15)
1 - 1 Tie
05:47
EDM
Ryan Jones (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (7), Tom Gilbert (5)
2 - 1 EDM
07:32
EDM
Ryan Smyth (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Eberle (10), Jeff Petry (3)
3 - 1 EDM
12:39
EDM
PPG - Taylor Hall (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (8), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (8)
4 - 1 EDM
15:41
EDM
Jordan Eberle (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (9), Jeff Petry (4)
5 - 1 EDM
2nd Period
05:32
EDM
PPG - Tom Gilbert (3) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (10), Jordan Eberle (11)
6 - 1 EDM
12:09
EDM
PPG - Taylor Hall (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Tom Gilbert (6), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (11)
7 - 1 EDM
13:55
CHI
PPG - Dave Bolland (6) Slapshot - ASST: Nick Leddy (13), Steve Montador (5)
7 - 2 EDM
18:53
EDM
PPG - Shawn Horcoff (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Eberle (12), Tom Gilbert (7)
8 - 2 EDM
3rd Period
09:21
EDM
Taylor Hall (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (12)
9 - 2 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
02:07
EDM
Ryan Smyth  Hooking against  Duncan Keith
12:07
CHI
Duncan Keith  Boarding against  Taylor Hall
16:40
EDM
Ryan Jones  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
00:26
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Holding against  Jonathan Toews
03:20
CHI
Patrick Kane  Hi stick - double minor against  Jeff Petry
05:18
CHI
Dave Bolland  Holding against  Ales Hemsky
10:15
CHI
Bryan Bickell  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:20
EDM
Ben Eager  Hooking against  Patrick Kane
18:28
CHI
Patrick Kane  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:22
EDM
Theo Peckham  Hi-sticking against  Marian Hossa
3rd Period
05:10
CHI
Jamal Mayers  Tripping against  Ben Eager
11:42
CHI
Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Theo Peckham
11:42
EDM
Theo Peckham  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
11:42
EDM
Theo Peckham  Instigator against  Daniel Carcillo
11:42
EDM
Theo Peckham  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Ray Emery
SA: 27TOI: 47:32
Saves: 20EV: 14 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 9
SV%: .741SH: 0 - 0
Corey Crawford
SA: 7TOI: 12:28
Saves: 5EV: 4 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .714SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0