NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Chicago
(Friday, October 29th)
Final Score: Edmonton 7, Chicago 4
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Sam Gagner scored twice while rookies Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle each had a goal and an assist to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.
Ales Hemsky had a goal and an assist while Andrew Cogliano and Ryan Jones each had a goal for the Oilers, who snapped a six-game slide. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 37 shots in the win.
"We knew if we played a full 60-minute game we were going to get a win, and tonight we finally did it. It was nice to see," Hall said.
Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, who have dropped three of their last four. Marty Turco started in net, but was pulled after giving up four goals on 12 shots in the first period. Corey Crawford allowed two goals on nine shots in relief.
It was a high-flying first period as six pucks made their way into the nets, with four of those coming off of Edmonton sticks.
The first goal came 1:53 in as Hall's wrist shot beat Turco, but Jonathan Toews tied the game at the midway mark of the frame when his wrister on the fly from the low left circle got past Khabibulin.
Hemsky gave Edmonton the lead back at the 16:55 mark of the frame with his fourth goal of the season and Eberle made it a 3-1 game 35 seconds later when he received a lead pass from Shawn Horcoff in the Chicago zone and switched to the backhand before putting the puck past Turco.
Gagner scored 34 seconds after that for a 4-1 lead, but Chicago got a goal from Patrick Kane in the closing moments of the frame to make it a two-goal game at the first intermission.
Edmonton got the goal back 2:08 into the second when Cogliano tipped in a Gilbert Brule offering, but Chicago made it a 5-3 contest at the 10:46 mark of the second as Jake Dowell put the puck into the net down low as the Edmonton defenseman lost the disc in his skates.
Jones scored with 2:34 to play in the middle frame as his soft shot between the pads of Crawford on a breakaway made it a 6-3 game.
Sharp's bullet shot from the right circle with a screen in front with 5:52 to play made it a two-goal game, but Gagner sealed the win with an empty-netter.
"It's disappointing. It just seemed like we have one breakdown and it costs us every time," Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said.
The Oilers host the Canucks on Tuesday...Chicago plays in Minnesota on Saturday...Chicago took all four meetings with Edmonton last season...Chicago went 2-for-5 on the power play while Edmonton failed to score on its one man advantage.
10/30 01:31:40 ET