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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Oilers, 5-3

Chicago goals from Saad, Toews and Boqvist not enough in loss to Edmonton

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The goals came early and often for both sides in Edmonton with the Blackhawks and the Oilers combining for seven goals in the game's opening 25 minutes as Chicago fell 5-3 on Tuesday night in the second leg of a five-game Canadian road trip. 

Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews and Adam Boqvist each found the net and Robin Lehner made 26 saves in the loss. 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Patrick Kane recorded a pair of highlight-reel primary assists on the night, setting up Saad and Boqvist in the loss.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Blackhawks scored two more first-period goals, bringing their total to 12 over their last nine games, while allowing just two against in that stretch. 

UP NEXT: Chicago travels to Vancouver to face the Canucks on Wednesday night, completing the 12th back-to-back of the season. 


GAME RECAP

The Oilers struck early as a Zack Kassian centering feed got broken up in front by Alex DeBrincat, but deflected right to Riley Sheahan on the top of the crease for a 1-0 lead at 1:13 of the first. 

Saad maintained his hot hand with an equalizer just minutes later. Off partial breakaway, Kane pulled up on the far circle and fed a centering pass to the late-trailing Saad, who scored his sixth goal in his last eight games at 5:56.

Video: CHI@EDM: Saad buries pass from Kane

After seeing a shorthanded goal go the other way on Sunday in Winnipeg, the Blackhawks found one of their own to take a 2-1 lead at 14:19 of the first. Olli Maatta chipped a puck up the boards to spring a rush the other way and once inside the zone, Ryan Carpenter sent a cross-ice feed to the far dot to Toews for a one-timer that beat the glove of Mike Smith.

Video: CHI@EDM: Toews scores SHG on one-timer

On their second power play of the period, the Oilers tied the game 2-2 late as Kailer Yamamoto put home a loose rebound in front off an Alex Chaisson shot at 17:18 of the first. 

The goal parade continued into the early part of the middle frame as Boqvist scored his fourth of the season off another beautiful pass from Kane. In a 2-on-2 rush with the rookie defenseman joining No. 88, the winger drove the puck wide and found Boqvist on the opposite side with a backhand pass through two Oilers defenders. Boqvist took a quick wrister that beat Smith for a 3-2 lead at 1:45. 

Video: CHI@EDM: Boqvist converts nifty feed from Kane

Edmonton answered back right away as Yamamoto notched his second of the night, putting home a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shot from in tight off the pad of Lehner to tie things 3-3 at 3:38 of the second.

The Oilers struck again on the power play at 4:50 of the second as Nugent-Hopkins struck on a rebound of his own following a zone entry with the Blackhawks partially caught in a change for a 4-3 lead. 

The netminders stood tall the rest of the way and Leon Draisaitl completed a four-point night (1G, 3A) with an empty-netter at 19:57 of the third in the 5-3 final.

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