NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Chicago
(Sunday, November 13th)
Final Score: Chicago 3, Edmonton 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Mark Bell scored twice during a three-goal outburst in the first period and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 26 shots as Chicago downed Edmonton 3-1 at the United Center.
Duncan Keith added a goal and an assist in the victory, the Blackhawks' third in four games.
"The team is starting to come along," said Bell. "It's baby steps for us, but we're getting better."
Fernando Pisani had the lone tally for the Oilers, who had won six of eight coming in. Jussi Markannen turned back just 16 Chicago shots for the night and made just two saves during a rough opening period.
Edmonton failed to convert any of its eight power-play chances and fell despite owning a 27-19 advantage in shots.
"It's very frustrating," said Oilers forward Shawn Horcroff of the loss. "They got the breaks tonight and we didn't."
After Keith beat Markannen stick-side with a wicked snap shot midway through the first 20 minutes, Bell scored twice within a two-minute span to give the Blackhawks a commanding 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
After receiving a pass from Keith, Bell broke free along the left side and skated into the slot before backhanding the puck past Markannen at the 13:13 mark. The second tally, a one-timer off a Kyle Calder feed with 4:48 to go in the first, put Chicago ahead comfortably.
"It's tough for the team to battle back when you give up a couple of easy ones," said Markannen of Bell's goals.
The Oilers got on the scoreboard 7:22 into the second when Pisani intercepted Adrian Acouin's clearing attempt and slipped the puck by Khabibulin on a breakaway.
Khabibulin would stave off Edmonton the rest of the way and made the lead stand with seven saves in the third period.
Edmonton was playing the sixth contest of a seven-game road trip. The Oilers are 3-3 thus far on the swing...Chicago evened its home record at 4-4...The Blackhawks snapped a five-game winless streak against the Oilers since a win at Edmonton on February 8, 2003...Edmonton swept four games from the Blackhawks in 2003-04 and lost for just the second time (6-2-1) in the last nine meetings between the clubs.
11/14 00:02:34 ET