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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Blackhawks

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers came out hard and fast in this one, leaving the Blackhawks looking for answers. The Oilers would get goals from five different players in the first period and go on to win the game 9-2.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Oilers and sends the team back on the road on a positive note.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

With the game tied 1-1 early in the first period, Ryan Jones squeezed a bad angle shot past Ray Emery to break the tie. The Oilers would not look back on their way to routing the Chicago Blackhawks 9-2.

78 The faceoff winning percentage for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in tonight's game. Nugent-Hopkins would win 7 of the 9 draws he took in the game.
6 The number of Oilers to record 3 or more points in tonight's game. Nugent-Hopkins, Gilbert, Hall, Eberle, Petry and Horcoff make up that list.
96 The last time the Oilers scored more then 8 goals in a game was on November 26, 1996. It came in the form of a 10-1 win over Calgary.
19 The number of points Oilers' rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins now has in his 19 games this year. He currently leads the NHL in rookie scoring.

Taylor Hall
G A P +/- Shots
3 0 3 +2 4

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
G A P +/- Shots
0 5 5 +3 3

Tom Gilbert
G A P +/- Shots
1 3 4 E 3

Ray Emery
27 20 7 47:32 .741

Nikolai Khabibulin
36 34 2 60:00 .945

  Duncan Keith- D

24:31 - 0 PTS, -4 rating

  Tom Gilbert- D

25:24 - 4 PTS, E rating

With the Oilers already leading 4-1 late in the first period, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would pick up the puck in the neutral zone and create a 2-on-1 with Jordan Eberle. Nugent-Hopkins would slip a pretty pass across to Eberle who would fire it top-shelf to finish the play.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins continued his impressive rookie season tonight with a five point performance. Nugent-Hopklins displayed the speed and soft hands that have made him a fan favorite as he collected his first five-point game in the NHL.

Lost in all the scoring by the Oilers young guns was the stellar play of Tom Gilbert. Gilbert would lead all Oilers in ice-time, playing 25:24. He would also finish the game with four points (1G, 3A), bringing him to 10 points on the season.

Ray Emery had never played the Edmonton Oilers in his career until tonight...he might wish he never did! Emery would be pulled midway through the first after allowing three goals on nine shots. He would return to the net to start the second period and allow seven goals overall in a 9-2 loss.

"If I held my breath everytime Hall goes flying into the net, i'd have brain problems"

-- Head Coach Tom Renney on Hall's attempt at a 10th Oiler goal in tonight's game.

Monday, November 21 vs. Dallas
  6:30pm MDT (SNET / 630 CHED)

The Oilers will head back out on the road when they travel to Dallas to play the Stars Monday night. It will be the first of four more road games for the Oilers before they wrap up the month of November back at home. The game can be seen live on Sportsnet West.


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