NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Edmonton|
(Tuesday, February 3rd)
Final Score: Chicago 3, Edmonton 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Cristobal Huet was solid with 20 saves and
Dave Bolland was one of three Chicago goal scorers, as the Blackhawks downed
the Edmonton Oilers, 3-1, at Rexall Place.
Cam Barker and Martin Havlat also scored for Chicago, which has won three of
its last four games overall. Havlat and Bolland also both added an assist in
"We liked the way we played," said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. "We
had the puck a lot."
Ethan Moreau tallied the lone goal for the Oilers, who fell to 1-3-0 since a
three-game win streak in late January. Dwayne Roloson allowed three goals on
41 shots in the losing effort.
"We couldn't handle the speed. The speed of the checking," said Edmonton head
coach Craig MacTavish. "They got to us in our defensive zone. They moved their
feet well and we couldn't stop them."
Barker's power-play goal 3:06 into the second period tied the score at 1-1.
The visitors were skating on the power play due to an interference call on
Moreau, and Brian Campbell sent a pass from the left half-wall to the
centerpoint, where Barker ripped home a one-timer for his fourth goal of the
With 3:48 to play in the middle stanza, the Blackhawks took the lead for good
on Bolland's 10th goal of 2008-09. Bolland held control above the right
circle, faked a slap shot to force the defender to the ice, drifted toward the
high slot and released a blazing slap shot that beat Roloson.
Midway through the third period, Havlat's 16th marker put the visitors ahead
by two. Havlat's body was behind the goal line next to the right post, and he
banked the puck off the pads of Roloson and it caromed into the back of the
cage with 10:10 remaining in regulation.
Huet stopped all eight shots he faced throughout the third period and the
Chicago defense held off the Edmonton offensive threats the rest of the way.
The Oilers grabbed a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. Moreau was
stationed along the rear boards to the right of the net and sent the puck via
a backhander toward the crease area. The puck took a strange turn and ended up
bouncing off of Campbell, then off of Huet's helmet and over the goal line.
The fluke goal -- Moreau's 12th tally of 2008-09 -- occurred at the 4:48 mark
and was assisted by Tom Gilbert.
Chicago improved to 10-0-0 this season against teams that are in Canada...The
Blackhawks are now 22-1-3 when leading after two periods in 2008-09...All four
of Barker's goals have been scored on the power play...The Oilers now embark
on a three-game road trip that begins in St. Louis on Thursday...Edmonton
defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky suffered a dislocated shoulder in the third
02/04 02:14:44 ET