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A win's a win! Oilers trump 'Hawks 4-3 in OT

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Fernando Pisani looked to slip the puck past the goal line as he broke toward the Chicago net in OT. Overhead views showed the puck just about to cross the goal line before Khabibulin's glove obstructed the camera view. After a lengthy review that lasted over five minutes, the ruling was that the play was inconclusive.

Thankfully for Edmonton, Patrick Sharp took a slashing penalty on the play and 16 seconds later Ryan Smyth converted for his second of the night to send the Oilers off with two points and a 4-3 overtime victory.

Shots on goal in the extra frame were 5-0 as the Oilers dominated in an attempt to get the winner.

The Oilers got on the board early. During a delayed penalty, Ryan Smyth picked up a Shawn Horcoff rebound in front and backhanded it past an outstretched Nikolai Khabibulin.

Chicago almost got that one back just past the midway point of the period when Matthew Barnaby broke toward the net. His attempted backhand was turned away by Roloson. The Oilers took a penalty on the play, Steve Staios for hooking, but were able to kill it off with ease.

With over a minute to play, Ethan Moreau was ticketed for tripping putting the Oilers down a man for the second time this evening but this time Chicago converted.

Radim Vrbata teed it up from the top of the left circle, beating a screened Roloson low stick side with 37 seconds to play in the period.

Shots on goal after one were 12-9 for Chicago.

In the second, Hemsky had a great chance to take the lead after taking the puck in the slot, spinning and firing on Khabibulin. The Blackhawks netminder plucked it out of the air and out of harm's way.

Michael Peca, who was denied a shorthanded marker by the video goal judge last night, had a great chance to put the Oilers back in front with Edmonton down a man. Peca took the puck away from Martin Lapointe and broke in alone. Khabibulin made a big stop as he tried to go five hole.

After the Blackhawks power play, the Oilers took advantage on a power play of their own. Ales Hemsky wristed the puck right under the crossbar on a two-man advantage to make it a 2-1 game.

On the play, Ryan Smyth was slashed in the wrist by Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith. Smyth and Stoll assisted on the play.

Edmonton had another shorthanded chance with 6:30 remaining in the middle frame as Fernando Pisani broke in on goal. James Wisniewski held up the progress of Pisani just enough that he was unable to get a shot on net and as a result, Wisniewski was sent off to the sin bin.

On the ensuing power play, Matthew Barnaby was sent of for intereference and just as the five-on-three expired, Pisani converted with a blast from the high slot, beating a screened Khabibulin glove side.

Shots on goal in the second period were 16-4 in favour of the Oilers as they dominated the period on the strength of four power plays. Overall in the game, Edmonton was outshooting Chicago 25-16.

Chicago made it 3-2 while on the power play 4:06 into the third when Mark Bell fired a shot that beat Roloson. The Oilers netminder was livid that he was interfered with in front by Martin Lapointe but did not get the call.

Late in the period, Khabibulin made a pair of big stops on Hemsky and Smyth to set the stage for Chicago's comeback marker. Marc-Andre Bergeron fanned on a shot from the point, sending Kyle Calder in on a partial break.

Calder raced into the Edmonton zone along the side boards before wristing a shot that somehow found its way through Roloson's pads and into the back of the net.

After regulation, the Oilers had a 34-26 lead in shots.

NOTES: Brad Winchester drew back into the lineup after missing the Minnesota game with Todd Harvey scratched... Edmonton went to overtime for the 26th time this season, tops in the league...
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