NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Chicago
(Sunday, April 1st)
Final Score: Chicago 2, Edmonton 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Patrick Sharp scored a shorthanded goal in the third period to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Edmonton Oilers, 2-1, at the United Center.
The game lacked meaning as far as the postseason is concerned, as both clubs hover around the bottom of the Western Conference and have been out of the playoff picture for some time, but it was competitive.
Tuomo Ruutu also had a goal while Nikolai Khabibulin turned away 19 shots for the Blackhawks, who have won two in a row since their six-game slide.
Raffi Torres had the lone tally for his team and Dwayne Roloson allowed a pair of goals on 20 shots for Edmonton, which has dropped four in a row and 16 of 17.
With the Oilers on the power play early in the third, Martin Havlat came up with a steal in the neutral zone, then nudged a pass up ice to a streaking Sharp. Sharp roared into the zone from there, executed a quick fake and then wristed a shot past the glove of Roloson at the 2:57 mark.
Khabibulin did the rest, keeping Edmonton off the board for the remainder of the game to preserve the win.
The Oilers opened up the scoring 7:12 into the contest. Marc-Antoine Pouliot controlled the puck deep along the right side of the Chicago zone before zipping a pass in front, which Torres redirected into the cage from the doorstep.
Ruutu knotted the game at 1-1 at the 6:16 mark of the second period, one- timing Radim Vrbata's feed from behind the net past Roloson for his 17th marker of the season.
The home team had a very good chance to go in front less than a minute later, when Rene Bourque drew a penalty shot. The left winger came up empty, however, and the game went into the third tied.
The Blackhawks are 16-20-4 as the host club this season and ended a six- game homestand...This was the third segment of a season-ending six-game road trip for Edmonton, which is a dismal 12-22-4 as the visiting club this year. The Oilers have dropped seven straight and 11 of their last 13 road contests...The season series finishes tied at 2-2.
04/01 17:53:08 ET