NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Chicago
(Sunday, December 10th)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Edmonton 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski had a goal and an assist each, as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Edmonton Oilers, 4-1, at United Center.
Tuomo Ruutu also scored and Nikolai Khabibulin made 18 saves for the Blackhawks, who ended a three-game losing streak.
Dwayne Roloson allowed three goals on 26 shots and Jarret Stoll tallied a goal on a penalty shot for the Oilers, who were looking to win their fourth straight contest.
"We never got started," Stoll said. "We had no flow, no five-on-five game. We just didn't have enough to win tonight."
Chicago scored two goals in the first period to take control of the contest early.
Ruutu's seventh goal of the season made it 1-0 at 8:26 of the first. Ruutu found a loose puck in front of the crease and jammed the disc past a sprawled out Roloson.
At 13:10 of the first, Smolinski extended Chicago's lead to 2-0. Havlat's wrister from the high slot was stopped and Smolinski pounced on the rebound in front and slid the disc into the net.
A penalty shot goal by Stoll 4:34 into the second stanza made it a 2-1 game. Stoll, who was hooked down on a breakaway, skated in on Khabibulin and from between the circles, quickly fired a wrist shot through the legs of the netminder.
Havlat gave the Blackhawks a two-goal lead 4:23 into the final frame. Havlat grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone and dashed into the Edmonton zone up the right wing. From in close, he then backhanded the disc over Roloson's glove for his 10th goal of the season.
"I put up some moves and he [Roloson] was a little out of the net," Havlat said. "I just put it up trying to score and I did."
With about 5 1/2 minutes left to play, Edmonton's Marc-Andre Bergeron fired a wrist shot off the post.
Denis Arkhipov tallied an empty-net goal late for the final margin.
The Oilers had just four shots on goal in the third period and Khabibulin stopped them all.
Chicago defeated Edmonton for the first time in the last four meetings in the all-time series...The Blackhawks signed veteran forward Peter Bondra to a contract on Sunday. He is expected to undergo a physical in Chicago on Monday and could see action Tuesday against the Blues...The Blackhawks went 0-for-10 on the power play while the Oilers did not score in five chances with the man advantage.
12/10 21:57:15 ET