NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Edmonton
(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Edmonton 3
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Rene Bourque registered a pair of goals and Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots to lead Chicago to a 4-3 victory over Edmonton at Rexall Place.
Kyle Calder racked up three assists while Mark Bell scored once and assisted on another as the surging Blackhawks won their third straight game and fifth in six tries.
Jarret Stoll and Marty Reasoner netted power-play goals in the third period for the Oilers, who had a two-game win streak snapped. Marc-Andre Bergeron and Shawn Horcoff each collected two assists in defeat.
Chicago took control with a strong second period in which Anderson made 14 saves and the Blackhawks put up two goals to break a 1-1 deadlock.
Bell ended the stalemate 5:54 into the frame when he scored in transition off a feed from Calder. It was Bell's sixth tally in four games.
The Blackhawks struck again in the final seconds of the period, taking advantage of a hooking call on Bergeron. Martin Lapointe wristed a shot by Jussi Markkanen with 15 seconds to go before intermission to give Chicago a two-goal lead at the break.
Bourque's second goal of the night, a slap shot from the left circle that Markkanen blocked before the puck bounced over his shoulder, put the Blackhawks up 4-1 just over four minutes into the final stanza.
Markkanen was yanked immediately afterward after making just 17 stops on 21 shots.
Edmonton would fire back less than a minute later. With Chicago's Adrian Aucoin in the box for holding, Bergeron sent a shot wide that caromed back to Raffi Torres, who then slipped a pass to an open Stoll. The Oilers' center fired the puck past Anderson to bring the home team within 4-2 at the 5:01 mark.
Reasoner made it a one-goal game with just over seven minutes to go. With Edmonton again on a power-play, Chris Pronger sent a shot from the left point that Anderson got a glove on but couldn't corral. Reasoner then flipped the puck into the net while falling down.
The Oilers' momentum was stopped, however, when Ethan Moreau and Pronger were whistled for late infractions. They would kill off both power plays but had little time to mount an offensive.
Edmonton made a late charge in the waning seconds, but Anderson preserved the win with a nice kick save of Stoll's backhander with 16 seconds to go.
Both teams lit the lamp once during the first period.
Chicago struck first when Calder sent a shot on net that was kicked away by Markkanen, but Bourque raced in from the left side and poked in the rebound with 8:08 to go in the session.
The Oilers tied it less than two minutes later when Ales Hemsky broke free after collecting a feed from Horcoff near center ice, then skated in and fired a shot past Anderson.
Chicago posted its second victory over the Oilers in six days, having earned a 3-1 decision at the United Center on Sunday...Edmonton ended 2-for-11 on the power play, while the Blackhawks went 1-of-6 with the extra skater...Horcoff now has seven assists over his last three games and leads the Oilers with 19 helpers...Chicago defenseman Jim Vandermeer missed the contest after taking a shot off his ankle in Friday's win at Calgary...Edmonton traded defenseman Alexei Semenov to Florida prior to the game...Chicago improved to 5-0 when leading after two periods this season and are 76-3-16-5 over their last 100 games in that situation.
11/20 01:22:47 ET