NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Edmonton |
(Thursday, January 29th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Chicago 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Shawn Horcoff scored two of Edmonton's three
second-period goals and Fernando Pisani posted a goal and an assist, as the
Oilers downed the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2, at Rexall Place.
Georges Laraque also scored for the Oilers, who halted their three-game skid.
Tommy Salo turned aside 30 shots in the victory while Ethan Moreau added an
empty-net goal for Edmonton, which has just two victories in its last seven
games overall (2-4-1).
Bryan Berard registered a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who have lost
three straight and eight of their last nine (1-7-0-1). Kyle Calder scored the
other goal for Chicago, which had its franchise-record road losing streak
extended to 19 games (0-18-0-1).
Craig Anderson started in goal for Chicago and allowed four goals on 31 shots.
Before the first line change of the game had been completed, Chicago was ahead
1-0. The puck was controlled by Berard at the left circle and he attempted a
pass to the far post. However, the puck hit the shin pad of Calder in the slot
and caromed into the net as the Blackhawks took the lead just 45 seconds
into the game. The goal was confirmed after a review by the replay cameras.
"They scored on their first shot and after that we settled down," said Salo.
"It wasn't the best game that we've played but we still got the win."
Although Berard aided the Blackhawks in taking the lead, an unfortunate miscue
by the defenseman allowed the Oilers to knot the score at one apiece in the
middle session. Horcoff broke in alone on goal while shorthanded, but Berard
hustled to catch him and did so just before Horcoff reached the goal mouth.
Berard was able to prevent the shot, but during his great defensive play, he
inadvertently knocked the puck into his own goal. The tally was credited to
Horcoff, his seventh of the season, and came at the 7:33 mark.
"When they got the short-handed goal we shouldn't have changed our game plan,"
said Anderson. "They kept coming and I needed to make the big save and I
Later in the second, a pair of goals 66 seconds apart staked the Oilers to a
The first tally of the season for Laraque gave Edmonton the lead at 14:25.
Just over a minute later, Horcoff struck again. The puck was sitting around
the crease after Ryan Smyth attempted a backhander and Horcoff was eventually
able to poke the rebound over Anderson's shoulder.
With 11:25 remaining in regulation, Berard's seventh goal of the campaign
brought Chicago within one. He accepted a pass from Ville Nieminen and fired a
wrister from the high slot that beat Salo.
However, Edmonton sealed the victory at the 12:04 mark when Pisani lit the
lamp with a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Smyth at the right circle.
Chicago produced a couple of scoring chances late in the third period and also
gained a power play chance, but it was not enough as an empty-netter by Moreau
capped the scoring.
The Oilers played without leading scorer Mike York, who will be out
indefinitely after he broke his finger on Tuesday...Edmonton improved to
12-11-3 at home this season...The Blackhawks' last road win came on November 7
at Nashville...Edmonton is now unbeaten in the last four meetings (3-0-1) with
the Blackhawks...Eric Brewer, who assisted on the Oilers' first goal, notched
his 100th NHL point...Oiler defenseman Alexei Semenov left in the third period
with a bruised hip and did not return...The Oilers finished 0-for-4 on the
power play, while Chicago could not convert on six chances with the extra
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