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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall Behind Early to Oilers in 5-2 Loss

Early deficit proves too much in Edmonton as Chicago snaps four-game winning streak

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

A flurry of first-period goals proved the difference on Saturday night in Edmonton as the Blackhawks fell to the Oilers, 5-2, snapping a four-game winning streak for the visitors.

Alex DeBrincat scored both Chicago goals on the night and Kevin Lankinen stopped 28 shots in the loss. 

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Seth Jones added an assist on DeBrincat's first-period tally to push his career-high point streak to eight games (2G, 6A). A pair of goals on the night pushed DeBrincat's point streak to five games (5G, 2A).

BLACKHAWK OF THE GAME: DeBrincat scored twice in the same game for the second time on the season to lead Chicago's offense (Nov. 3 vs. CAR).

UP NEXT: Chicago wraps the weekend back-to-back on Sunday evening in Vancouver, facing the Canucks for the second time this season. 


CHI: 0, EDM: 1
1st - 10:16 - Connor McDavid (Zach Hyman, Evan Bouchard)

After a scoreless opening 10 minutes, the Oilers opened a flurry of goals in the second half of the frame just past the midpoint. Connor McDavid won the puck back on a forecheck centered the puck from behind the net to the point, where Evan Bouchard put a low shot on goal that Zach Hyman redirected back to McDavid at the side of the net for an easy tap in for a 1-0 lead. 

CHI: 0, EDM: 2
1st - 11:19 - Tyson Barrie (Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid) -- PP

Shortly after giving up the opening goal, the Blackhawks found themselves down a pair of men in a 5-on-3 power play for the Oilers. Entering the zone down the left wing, Connor McDavid sent a cross-ice feed to Leon Draisaitl at the bottom of the circle on the far side. Draisaitl quickly found the late-trailing Tyson Barrie in the high slot, where the defenseman put a one-timer past a diving Kevin Lankinen trying to cut back across his crease for a 2-0 lead. 

CHI: 0, EDM: 3
1st - 15:16 - Kailer Yamamoto - SH

The Oilers struck again on special teams a few minutes later, this time on a shorthanded effort as Kailer Yamamoto picked up an errant drop pass from Seth Jones just inside his own blue line and quickly rifled a shot past Kevin Lankinen for a 3-0 advantage. 

CHI: 0, EDM: 4
1st - 18:32 - Ryan McLeod (Warren Foegele, Philip Broberg)

Edmonton made it a four-goal lead soon thereafter as Philip Broberg cycled the puck from the point to Warren Foegele behind the Blackhawks net. Foegele walked out on the opposite side and found Ryan McLeod coming through the slot with a pass. McLeod faked to his left before cutting right in tight and putting a backhander past Kevin Lankinen for a 4-0 score. 

CHI: 1, EDM: 4
1st - 19:40 - Alex DeBrincat (Kirby Dach, Seth Jones)

Chicago got on the board late in the period as Kirby Dach and Alex DeBrincat got a double deflection in front to make it a 4-1 game. After cycling the puck in the corner, DeBrincat worked it to Seth Jones at the point, who's shot was first tipped by Dach in the high slot before DeBrincat got a second stick on it in front of Stuart Skinner to direct it inside the post. 

Video: CHI@EDM: DeBrincat deflects puck into the back of net

CHI: 2, EDM: 4
3rd - 9:00 - Alex DeBrincat (Philipp Kurashev)

After killing off a third-period penalty by Philipp Kurashev, the winger and Alex DeBrincat were sprung on a 2-on-0 break. DeBrincat found straight out of the penalty box and then joined him in the offensive end, with Kurashev hitting DeBrincat at the back post to make it a 4-2 contest. 

Video: CHI@EDM: DeBrincat scores in 3rd period

CHI: 2, EDM 5
3rd - 16:28 - Leon Draisaitl (Evan Bouchard) - SH

The Oilers put the game shortly after a late-period 4-on-4 sequence ended as Leon Draisaitl was sprung on a shorthanded breakaway by Evan Bouchard. Draisaitl beat Kevin Lankinen glove side for the second shorthanded goal of the night and a 5-2 lead. 

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