NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Chicago
(Friday, April 7th)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Chicago 3 (OT)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ryan Smyth scored with 1:42 left in overtime to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
Smyth also had another goal and an assist in regulation and Ales Hemsky had a goal and two assists for the Oilers, who have won two of their last three games.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 23 shots for Edmonton, which with 91 points sits in the sixth spot in the Western Conference playoff race, one point ahead of idle Colorado and a point behind Anaheim for fifth.
Mark Bell and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 35 shots for the Blackhawks, who have dropped three of their last four games.
After Chicago's Patrick Sharp got called for slashing 3:02 into overtime the Edmonton power play went to work.
Edmonton appeared to win the game when a shot by Fernando Pisani seemed to have crossed the line. But, the on-ice officials waved it off and after a lengthy review the call stood.
The Oilers, though, did not let that faze them and moments later Hemsky let fly with a wrister from the left circle that Smyth tipped into the net for his 36th goal of the season to win the game.
"It's a matter of finding the back of the net," said Smyth. "We're a good team when all four lines are firing."
Chicago was trailing 3-1 heading into the third period, but cut its deficit to one with a power-play goal 4:06 in. Vrbata made a pass from the top of the left circle to the high slot where Bell one-timed it through a screen and into the right corner of the net to make it a 3-2 game.
The Blackhawks tied the game up when Kyle Calder fired a shot from a sharp angle along the left side of the net that bounced off of Roloson's stick and into the net with 1:59 left in the game.
"I'm just trying to sustain pressure and get it on net," said Calder about the goal. "It would have been nice to get the win, though."
The Oilers opened up the scoring in the game 6:50 into the first period. Shawn Horcoff let fly with a slap shot from the top of the left circle that Khabibulin made a save on. But, the rebound went right to Smyth, who wrapped it past the goaltender's left pad for his 35th goal of the season.
The Blackhawks, though, tied the game up on the power play when Vrbata let fly with a slap shot from the top of the left circle that went through a screen and into the net with 37 seconds left in the first period.
Edmonton took a 3-1 lead with two goals in the second period.
On a 5-on-3 power play, Smyth let loose a slap shot from the high slot that Khabibulin made a save on. But, Hemsky roofed the rebound from the doorstep 8:14 in.
Again on the power play, Pisani netted his 18th goal of the season with 4:07 left in the second period.
Chicago travels to Nashville for a game on Saturday...Edmonton plays next in St. Louis on Sunday...The teams have each won twice against each other this season...Both teams had five power plays in the game. Edmonton was successful three times while Chicago connected twice.
04/08 02:23:01 ET