CHICAGO, IL -
A pair of goals late in the second period propelled the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on Sunday night.
“The second period was a little mindboggling, when you come out and play a good road first period," Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins began. "I don’t think we turned one puck over until the 16-minute mark, which was great on the road for us. We’ve been trying to get those turnovers out of our game and we had done that and I had nothing but positive things for them after the first. Couple of little corrections and then we came out watching them play in the second."
Chicago took their first lead of the game several minutes into the middle frame. Andrew Shaw's shot from the left circle beat Dubnyk to make it 2-1 for the home side.
Taylor Hall received a hooking penalty just past the midway point of the period to send Chicago back on the power play.
On a truly bizarre play, Dubnyk slashed Shaw in his crease. The puck then rang around the boards and down the ice into the empty net for a shorthanded goal on the delayed penalty. The goal counted and Edmonton had tied the game at 2-2.
However, Dubnyk still went to the box and 30 seconds into the two-man advantage, Chicago's Marian Hossa blasted a one-timer past Dubnyk to regain the lead.
Chicago extended their lead to 4-2 when Jonathan Toews got in behind the Oilers defence and deked out Dubnyk for the goal with two minutes to go in the second.
"We can’t, especially against the good teams, we can’t watch them play. You’re going to get killed," Eakins remarked. "I thought we caught a great break on that crazy second goal and then we went out and couldn’t kill that 5-on-3. It was right then, now you’re chasing it against a good team again. You’re very rarely going to fair well doing that.”
Hall agreed with his head coach on his assessment of the team's overall play.
“We made it pretty easy on them. Against a team like that, they’re going to make you pay. They had a lot of chances tonight," said Hall. "We got lucky with that own goal by them that kept us in the game. But for the most part, it wasn’t an effort like the other night against Pittsburgh.”
Shots on goal in period two were 19-6 for Chicago. Overall in the game, they were 30-13 'Hawks after 40.
Justin Schultz made a great play 5:17 into the third period leading to the third goal for Edmonton. After taking a feed from Hemsky, Schultz dished the puck in the slot to Hall, who simply tapped the puck into the open net and made it a one-goal game.
About 30 seconds later Arcobello got sent off for hooking, giving Chicago a man advantage. Oilers were able to kill that one off, then Dubnyk received two minutes for tripping as the third period reached the midway point. Edmonton's penalty killers once again came up big.
With 5:38 to go in the third, Brent Seabrook's wrist shot from the right point found its way past Dubnyk to extend Chicago's lead once again to two goals at 5-3.
The Oilers got on the board early. Just over six minutes in, Ales Hemsky picked up the puck and drove to the net. It was there that he made a move in front and slipped the puck past Blackhawks starting goaltender Antti Raanta. Jeff Petry got the assist.
Chicago nearly tied it up several minutes later. A shot on Dubnyk dropped down at his skates. The Oilers netminder didn’t see the puck and nearly kicked it in before finally dropping to his knees and smothering it.
The first power play of the game went to Chicago. With eight minutes to go in the opening frame, Ryan Smyth took a hooking penalty.
About 30 seconds after the penalty expired, Niklas Hjalmarsson's shot from the point beat a screened Dubnyk after being tipped in front by Ben Smith to pull Chicago even at 1-1.
Shots on goal after one period were 11-7 for the Blackhawks.