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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Blackhawks

by Nick Conrad / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers had been down 3-1 since the first period, a deficit they may have been lucky to hold considering the shots and scoring chances from the Blackhawks. John Madden scored the Hawks’ fourth goal at 11:02 of the second period and the way the puck was bouncing for the Oilers, it marked what would be an insurmountable lead.


OILERS - On a night when the Oilers struggled to jump start their play for the first two periods, Dustin Penner stood out with his physical play. Penner scored his 13th goal of the season on a tip-in early in the second period. Originally, Penner was credited with the Oilers’ first goal but it was later changed and he ended up with an assist on the play.

Patrick Kane continued his torrid goal-scoring streak when he notched his fifth goal in as many games and added an assist on the Hawks’ first goal of the game. Hawks’ captain Jonathan Toews chipped in two goals and an assist.


The save of the night turned out to be by the goal judge when he disallowed what looked to be a scramble goal with 0.1 seconds left in the second period. For some reason, the clock had erroneously been stopped at 0.1 and it was poked in after time would have expired. Other than that, in a game where both teams were around the 30 shot mark, dazzling saves were few and far between. Jeff Deslauriers did, however, make a nice stop on a Chicago breakaway in the latter half of the third period to help stem the damage on the night.


The fourth star of the night goes to Shawn Horcoff, who scored an almost-goal in the dying seconds of the middle frame and netted an assist plus three shots on net despite an ailing shoulder that limited him to just one faceoff on the night. 


Since Jonathan Toews returned from a concussion on Nov. 9, the Blackhawks have won six straight games.


Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray:

"We got fed our lunch out there tonight."

Oilers head coach Pat Quinn:

"You hope there's some lesson there. We got beat in all the fundamentals of the game, in most of the areas. Early on in the game they outworked us, they outwilled us."

Oilers emergency backup goaltender (and Oil Kings netminder) Torrie Jung:

"I watch these guys on TV all the time. I was a little bit starstruck - I was really starstruck, I'll be honest. It's a unique situation, doesn't happen very often."

2 - Goals by Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews on the night.
4 - Goals by Toews on the season in 15 games played.
13 - Goals by Dustin Penner on the season, only four behind his entire season total of last year.
7 - The number of hits on the night by J-F Jacques in his return to the Oilers lineup in only 9:01 of icetime.

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