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Crawford, Hossa lift Blackhawks past Oilers in OT

by Derek Van Diest /

EDMONTON -- Goaltender Corey Crawford made an outstanding save in overtime to help the Chicago Blackhawks start their annual "Circus Trip" with a win.

Crawford snatched Taylor Hall's shot with his glove 29 seconds into the extra period for the biggest of his 34 saves, and Marian Hossa beat Edmonton Oilers goalie Anders Nilsson on a breakaway off a long pass from defenseman Brent Seabrook 39 seconds later to give Chicago a 4-3 victory at Rexall Place on Wednesday.

"[Crawford's save on Hall] obviously kept us in the game," Hossa said. "That was an unbelievable save, a highlight save. That's why we won the game. Even though the game was almost over with a few minutes left, that kind of save gives a boost to the bench, and when you are up on the next shift, that definitely gives you an extra boost."

Duncan Keith, Artemi Panarin and Andrew Shaw scored in regulation for Chicago (11-7-1), which squandered a 2-0 second-period lead and carried a 3-2 deep into the third period.

Crawford made sure the Blackhawks left Edmonton with two points.

"That was a great save," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was a great push [across], great anticipation by [Crawford], and it got us an extra point. It was good to get a win starting this trip, but give them credit, they were all over us in the first period, and we got it going a little bit in the second, but that might have been the only stretch where we liked how we were playing."

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane had two assists to extend his point streak to 14 games, matching his career high. Panarin's goal and two assists extended his point streak to six games (five goals, five assists). His seven goals and 21 points lead all rookies.

Jordan Eberle, Benoit Pouliot and Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers (6-12-1), who have lost three straight (0-2-1) and five of six. Nilsson made 23 saves.

Draisaitl tied the game 3-3 with 2:46 left in the third, taking a pass from Hall at the side of the net and firing a sharp-angled shot over Crawford. It was Draisaitl's sixth goal in nine games this season.

"For me, and if I say this, it's probably going to come out [wrong], it felt like a win, because we were able to come back and finally get it to overtime," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "And in overtime, the way it goes, 3-on-3, anything can happen. We got our chance, they got their one, and it went in the net for them.

"The group played well as a team. We still have to find a way to prevent one goal a night and we'll win those games. But the overall performance is one I thought we could be happy with. But the results are something we can't be satisfied with."

Crawford denied Edmonton the result it wanted Wednesday when he slid across to make the sprawling glove save on Hall's one-timer on a 2-on-1 rush.

"[Draisaitl] came up and he had a good chance to shoot," Crawford said. "I just had to challenge him, and he fed it across pretty quick and I didn't really have time to slide over, so I was reaching out and I was trying to read where it was going."

Of his overtime scoring chance, Hall said, "It seemed like Crawford was getting over really quick on a lot of shots tonight. I don't think I am going to change anything if I get that shot over again. I got a lot on it, and he made a big save. That's how it goes sometimes."

It was the first of a season-high six-game road trip for the Blackhawks with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at United Center. Chicago will visit the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Keith opened the scoring at 7:26 of the second period, 17 seconds after Oilers defenseman Griffin Reinhart was penalized for boarding. The Blackhawks defenseman redirected a pass from Kane in the slot past Nilsson.

Panarin gave Chicago a 2-0 lead at 14:41 of the second. The rookie forward got to a bouncing puck at the side of the net and fired it through Nilsson.

Eberle scored for Edmonton at 16:37 of the second on a breakaway to cut Chicago's lead to 2-1. The Oilers right wing took a pass from defenseman Brandon Davidson and lifted a shot over Crawford's shoulder.

Pouliot tied the game 2-2 at 4:00 of the third period on a set-up from defenseman Darnell Nurse.

Shaw put Chicago up 3-2 at 11:44, winning a battle with Davidson in front to lift a shot over Nilsson.

The Oilers had one shot in overtime. They were then caught on a line change on Hossa's goal.

"I don't think Hall could have put that shot in a better place," Draisaitl said. "It was just an unbelievable save. That's the game of hockey. You miss a huge chance on one side, and then it goes the other way and they score. It's tough. We wanted those two points, but we showed again that we can play with any team."

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