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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 /

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. 


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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