The Oilers end their quick two-game homestand on Friday by hosting the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. MT. It can be seen on Sportsnet Oilers or heard on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.
EDMONTON, AB – Leon Draisaitl tied the game with less than three minutes to play in the third, but Marian Hossa potted the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the visiting Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory.
Early in the 3-on-3 overtime period, Draisaitl set up Taylor Hall with a great pass. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford robbed Hall with an incredible glove save that likely won the visiting team the game.
“I don’t think Hallsy could have put that in a better spot,” said Draisaitl. “It was just an unbelievable save and that’s the game of hockey I guess. You miss a huge chance on one side and it goes the other way and they score. I think it’s tough, obviously, we want those two points but we showed again that we can play with any team.”
The Blackhawks came into the game averaging 31.7 shots per game, good for second overall in the league. The Oilers caught them by surprise, limiting the defending Stanley Cup Champions to just three shots in the first period. The Oilers would outshoot the Blackhawks 37-27 for the game.
Edmonton had a few good scoring chances on the man advantage in the first, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
The goals came for both sides in the second period.
Chicago took the 1-0 lead at 7:26 of the middle frame. Duncan Keith scored, assisted by Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin. Kane’s assist extended his point streak to 14 straight games.
Then it was Chicago’s rookie Artemi Panarin who potted his seventh goal of the season at 14:41 of the second to put his team up 2-0. Panarin leads all NHL rookies in scoring with 21 points (7-14-21) in 19 games. Artem Anisimov and Kane both recorded assists on the goal.
“We started really well,” said Oilers winger Jordan Eberle. “I don’t know what the shots were in the first, but we definitely outplayed them. They get that one on the power play and we let up a bit. We found a way to battle back in the third. I think we deserved better. We played well. There was obviously five or 10 minutes in the second where we had a little bit of a lapse but we found a way to fight back.”
Eberle made it 2-1 with a breakaway goal on Corey Crawford at 16:37 of the second. Brandon Davidson recorded the assist.
A terrific play by Oilers 20-year-old defenceman Darnell Nurse helped his team draw even with the Blackhawks four minutes into the third. Nurse jumped up offensively and carried the puck down low past all the Chicago skaters. The blueliner backhanded a perfect centring pass to Benoit Pouliot, who buried his fourth goal of the season. Teddy Purcell earned the second assist on the goal.
Andrew Shaw gave the Blackhawks back the lead at 11:44 of the third. Shaw shot the puck while falling to the ice to make it 3-2. Tanner Kero and Keith recorded the helpers.
Draisaitl gave the Oilers hope with 2:46 remaining in the game. Purcell won a battle for the puck and passed it to Hall who pushed it down low to Draisaitl. The centre swiped at it at the side of the net and buried his sixth goal of the season.
Draisaitl has three goals and four assists in his past four games. His goal sent the game to overtime.
30 seconds into 3-on-3 overtime, Crawford made the save of the night on Hall who was set up beautifully by Draisaitl on a rush. Unfortunately for the Oilers, they wouldn’t get another chance like that.
“He came up and had a good chance to shoot,” said Crawford. “I just had to challenge him. He fed it across pretty quick and I really didn’t have time to slide over so I just kind of was reaching out and trying to read where it was going.
Hossa jumped off the bench and went one on one with Anders Nilsson, scoring the game-winning goal 1:08 into OT. Nilsson made
“That’s a game where we could have easily deserved two points. Not the way it goes, but lots of good things from our group,” said Hall.
The Oilers fall to 6-12-1 on the season and host the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.