RECAP: Blackhawks Top Oilers, 4-3
Chicago withstands late charge from Edmonton en route to fourth straight victoryby Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com
The Blackhawks are rolling with a fourth straight victory on Thursday night, 4-3 over the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center
A capacity home crowd saw Alex DeBrincat record a pair of tallies, as well as goals from Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Corey Crawford stopped 21 shots en route to his fourth straight victory.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: DeBrincat scored his second multi-goal game in as many weeks (Feb. 21 vs. NSH) - his only two-tally outings of the year.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Adam Boqvist recorded his second two-assist night in as many games in the win and now has five total over his last three appearances.
UP NEXT: Chicago heads to Detroit for their second meeting of the season against the Red Wings on Friday evening.
For the third straight game, the Blackhawks struck first as Kane scored his 30th of the season for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Dylan Strome picked up a deflected Alex Nylander shot behind the goal and quickly found Kane at the far-side dot. No. 88 skated across the slot and waited out Mike Smith before firing a low-angle chance from the near goal line he tucked just under the corssbar at 14:34 of the first.
Video: EDM@CHI: Kane picks top corner for opening goal
The Captain doubled the lead just 47 seconds into the second period with a wraparound chance he tucked behind Smith from the back side of the goal. Drake Caggiula fed Boqvist in the slot, where the rookie defenseman sent a pass for Toews backdoor that he collected through traffic before circling behind the cage for the score.
Video: EDM@CHI: Toews scores on wraparound
DeBrincat made it a 3-0 game at 4:59 of the second with a wrister from the top of the circle through a Caggiula screen in front for the first of his two in the frame. Boqvist, with the puck at the point, walked down the near-side boards before finding DeBrincat back up at the blue line, where he took a stride before putting a shot on net from the top of the near circle and past Smith.
Video: EDM@CHI: DeBrincat rips shot through traffic
The Oilers answered back 60 seconds later as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his 21st of the season off a give-and-go with Leon Draisaitl at the goal line, before putting a shot on goal and finishing his own rebound at 5:59 of the second to cut it to a 3-1 Blackhawks lead.
Chicago re-gained a three-goal lead as DeBrincat found his second of the night from the opposite circle just past the midpoint of the game. Olli Maatta found DeBrincat coming out of the corner, where the winger skated around the top of the circle and fired another shot past Smith, ending the Edmonton netminder's evening. Mikko Koskinen replaced the veteran in goal with the Blackhawks leading 4-1 at 13:02 of the second.
Video: EDM@CHI: DeBrincat snaps home second goal
The visitors made it a one-goal game within a 49-second span with a pair of tallies in the third. Zack Kassian found Josh Archibald with a cross-slot feed off a rush at 8:03 and then Draisaitl fed Kailer Yamamoto from behind the goal for a one-timer that tucked inside the top corner at the 8:52 mark.
Edmonton put on a late charge for the equalizer, but Chicago and Crawford stood tall for the victory at home.