Blackhawks Snap Skid, Top Oilers 5-3
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CHICAGO (AP) — Marian Hossa had a power-play goal and an assist on his 35th birthday, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 on Sunday night to end a three-game losing streak.
Ben Smith, Andrew Shaw, Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook also scored for Chicago, which had 15 goals against Edmonton in a three-game sweep of the season series.
Ales Hemsky and Taylor Hall scored for Edmonton. The Oilers’ Boyd Gordon was credited with a fluke short-handed goal in the second period when Chicago’s Patrick Kane inadvertently bounced a pass off the boards and into an empty net during a delayed penalty call.
After a slow start, the Blackhawks dominated the action and outshot Edmonton 41-21.
Chicago’s Antti Raanta made 18 saves in just his second start since No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford returned from a lower-body injury on Jan. 2.
Edmonton’s Devan Dubnyk blocked 36 shots.
The Blackhawks grabbed control with a three-goal second that gave them a 4-2 lead. Chicago outshot Edmonton 19-5 in the period.
Shaw struck first, converting a high screened shot from the left circle at 2:36 of the second. Shaw’s 12th goal came moments after a turnover by Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov at center ice.
After Gordon’s unusual score tied it at 2, the Blackhawks had a 5-on-3 advantage and Hossa scored on a screened shot from 35 feet away in the slot.
Toews completed a 2-on-1 break with Patrick Sharp with 2:28 left in the second to extend Chicago’s lead to 4-2. After taking Sharp’s feed, Toews tucked a backhander under Dubnyk’s pad.
Hall got one back for Edmonton when he one-timed a pass from Schultz past Raanta at 5:17 of the third, but Seabrook restored Chicago’s two-goal advantage with 5:41 left.
Hemsky opened the scoring at 6:08 of the first. He got past Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith on the right wing, cut alone across the top of the crease and slipped a low backhand shot past Raanta.
The Blackhawks tied it at 1 on Smith’s deflection with 5:34 left in the period. It was Chicago’s first first-period goal since Dec. 30, a span of six games.
The NHL’s most potent offense helped make up for an unlucky break in the second.
The Blackhawks already were on a 5-on-4 power play and buzzing in the Oilers’ zone when Dubnyk hacked Shaw and was assessed a delayed penalty for slashing. Raanta vacated his net and headed to the bench as Chicago sent out an extra attacker.
From the right corner, Kane bounced a pass off the boards toward the right point. But no Blackhawk was there and the puck slid the length of the ice and into the net.
NOTES: The Blackhawks’ three-game losing streak matched their season-longest slide. … The Oilers started a four-game road trip and now move on to Dallas, Minnesota and Winnipeg. … Chicago has won four straight against Edmonton, dating to last season. … Kane had two assists, but following a career-high 14-game point streak (eight goals, 17 assists), the Blackhawks’ leading scorer has just three assists in his last seven.
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