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IN-GAME BLOG: Blackhawks vs. Oilers

by Wendy Mach / Edmonton Oilers
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It's the third and final meeting between the teams and the Oilers have walked away with three out a possible four points. The Blackhawks are looking to clinch the Presidents' Trophy with a win over the Oilers.

A few lineup changes for tonight. Magnus Paajarvi will be back in the lineup after sitting out the last game with a lower body injury. Eric Belanger and Ryan Whitney are both out and replacing Whitney on the blueline is Mark Fistric. Devan Dubnyk gets the start in net tonight.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Hall - Gagner - Eberle
Paajarvi - Horcoff - Yakupov
Jones - Lander - Hartikainen
Smyth - Smithson - Brown

Smid - Petry
N. Schultz - J. Schultz
Fistric - Potter



GAME ON!! Puck has dropped.

19:50: Ryan Smyth with an early chance as he catches Ray Emery out of net but Emery skates back just in top for a pad save.

17:10: Mike Brown lays out a huge hit on Nick Leddy.

16:02: Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad on a two-on-one chance and Toews beats Devan Dubnyk. | CHI 1, EDM 0

15:10: And just like that, the Oilers tie it up! Nail Yakupov with a slapshot from the dot beats Ray Emery top shelf. | EDM 1, CHI 1

11:49: The Blackhawks re-take the lead as Patrick Kane goes on a partial breakaway and sneaks one pass Dubnyk. | CHI 2, EDM 1

11:49: The Blackhawks re-take the lead as Patrick Kane goes on a partial breakaway and sneaks one pass Dubnyk. | CHI 2, EDM 1

9:53: Jonathan Toews heads to the box as he gets two minutes for tripping. Oilers on the powerplay.

6:11: Goalie change for the Blackhawks. Emery is out and Corey Crawford takes over in net.

3:54: Kane with the one-timer but hits the post. Chicago still up, 2-1.

1:34: Saad beside the net trying to jam it in but the puck stays out.

0:00: In the dying seconds, Viktor Stalberg gets a partial breakaway but was denied by Dubnyk. The Blackhawks currently lead 2-1 and shots on net are 11-9, Oilers.

FIRST PERIOD NOTES: Yakupov's goal moves him into third with rookie goals with 12 and third for points with 26.

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The second period is now underway.

18:54: Justin Schultz gets two minutes for hooking as the Oilers go on their first penalty kill of the game.

16:22: Hall with a breakaway but his shot goes wide.

15:20: The Oilers are back on the penalty kill as Mark Fistric draws a elbowing penalty.

12:18: Jordan Eberle on a two-on-one with Gagner was just robbed by Crawford.

9:43: Delayed penalty finally called. Oilers on the powerplay as Stalberg gets two for tripping.

6:09: The puck was loose in front but the Blackhawks were unable to beat Dubnyk.

6:09: The play is now under review.

UPDATE: The call on the ice stands, no goal. Blackhawks still up 2-1.

2:53: Gagner with the turnover in front of Dubnyk with Sharp right there to pick it up. He makes a quick pass to Kane but finds the side of the net.

0:00: And after 40 minutes, the Oilers are trailing, 2-1. Shots on net are 16-13 for the Blackhawks. | CHI 2, EDM 1


Puck has dropped and the third period is now underway.

16:42: Some pushing and shoving in front of the Blackhawks net but no penalties drawn.

15:24: Johnny Oduya extend the Blackhawks lead as he beats Dubnyk top right hand corner. | CHI 3, EDM 1

13:31: Oilers powerplay! Michal Rozsival gets two miunutes for tripping.

7:39: Saad draws a tripping penalty as he pulls down Mike Brown.

5:31: Saad jumps out of the box and goes on the breakaway but was poke-checked by Dubnyk.

4:35: Dubnyk slides back right in time as he stops Drew LeBlanc's shot.

1:42: Patrick Sharp finds the empty net as he extends the Blackhawks lead, 4-1. | CHI 4, EDM 1

0:00: And after 60 minutes, the Oilers lose, 4-1 to the Blackhawks. Shots on net were 30-22. | CHI 4-1.

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