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Oilers end four-game losing streak with overtime win

Letestu scores on power play at 4:44, McDavid has two assists against Blackhawks

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Mark Letestu scored at 4:44 of overtime to help the Edmonton Oilers end a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday.

Letestu scored on the power play with Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane in the penalty box for hooking Connor McDavid.

McDavid had two assists, Patrick Maroon scored, and Cam Talbot made 30 saves for Edmonton (2-4-0).

 

[WATCH: All Oilers vs. Blackhawks highlights]

 

"In a tough building against a good team, I thought we played the whole game," Letestu said. "We were tighter. The penalty kill came up with some stops, finally. The goaltender was solid for us and our power play got us a big goal. Things that had been a recipe (for success) for us in the past, was finally here now. We felt more like ourselves, which is nice."

Kane scored and Anton Forsberg made 40 saves for Chicago (4-2-2).

Kane scored at 7:33 of the first period to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. He collected the puck at the side of the net and banked it in off Talbot.

Video: EDM@CHI: Kane banks puck home from below goal line

Jonathan Toews had an opportunity to put the Blackhawks up two goals moments later, but was stopped on a breakaway by Talbot.

"[Talbot] could have cracked after giving up the first on the first shot," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "But after that he looked more like he did most of last year, and our team looked a little better than it did the last few games. Maybe it all goes together."

Edmonton had lost four straight after defeating the Calgary Flames 3-0 in its season opener on Oct. 4.

"We have to find a way to get a win against that team," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. "Maybe their confidence wasn't as high as it had been, so we just need a find a way to get a win there. We got into overtime, but it's tough when it's 4-on-3."

Maroon tied it 1-1 at 17:18 of the first on a pass from McDavid, who increased his point streak to four games.

"You have to be aware [when McDavid] is on the ice, for sure," Forsberg said. "He comes with a lot of speed and makes all of his players on the ice better. You have to know where a lot of guys are. At the same time, you have to keep up with his pace. He's, for sure, a good player."

Video: EDM@CHI: Talbot turns away Toews' breakaway chance

Chicago had three consecutive power plays at the start of the third period but was unable to convert.

Kane hit the crossbar with Oilers forward Zack Kassian in the penalty box for boarding Ryan Hartman. Brandon Saad was stopped moments later by Talbot with a pad save.

"We had a lot of chances, we made plays to the net, we just didn't capitalize on the power play, which would've been the difference," Hartman said. "We have a chance on the 5-on-3, which would've been nice, just some chances all around."

 

Goal of the game

Letestu took a pass from defenseman Oscar Klefbom at the left circle and one-timed a shot past Forsberg for the overtime winner.

Video: EDM@CHI: Letestu buries one-timer for OT winner

 

Save of the game

Talbot stopped John Hayden on a shot through traffic with 1:11 left in the third period to keep the game tied 1-1.

 

Highlight of the game

After entering the Blackhawks' zone, McDavid spun away from Keith and sent a no-look backhand pass across the crease to Maroon for a tap-in.

Video: EDM@CHI: McDavid sends unreal pass to Maroon's tape

 

They said it

"We had some great looks around the net. There was a lot of loose pucks, we just didn't find, handle or weren't anticipating or sniffing them up around the net. We had some close looks but no finish." -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on going 0-for-5 on the power play

 

"[Kailer Yamamoto] made a good play getting me the puck. Coming through the middle on two veteran [defensemen], who really know what they're doing. I just tried to shield the puck and make a play." -- Oilers captain Connor McDavid on his assist in the first period

 

Need to know

Kane extended his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists), and has 47 points (14 goals, 33 assists) in 35 career games against the Oilers. ... Yamamoto extended his point streak to three games (three assists).

 

What's next

Oilers: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBCSP, SNW, NHL.TV)

Blackhawks: At the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Letestu's OT winner leads Oilers to 2-1 win

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