Patrick Sharp scored twice, but Sam Gagner had an all-time night (eight points!) as the Edmonton Oilers once again hammered the Blackhawks.
Jamal Mayers and Sharp put the Hawks up 2-0 early in the second period, but the Oilers then scored three goals in a little over 10 minutes to crush the Blackhawks’ momentum. Sharp’s second goal, a short-handed tally, tied the game late in the second and appeared, at least through the intermission, to bring the momentum back to break-even.
But… then the third period happened.
The Oilers scored twice in 3:43 to start the period, blowing the doors off the Hawks and sending Corey Crawford to the bench. Crawford wasn’t good at all in the second and third periods, allowing five goals on 19 shots after the first period before Ray Emery relieved him.
Gagner was just ridiculous. He personally scored as many goals as the Hawks did in the game, and added assists on each of the other four Edmonton goals. His eight points tie the Oilers’ team record; his name is now next to Paul Coffey and Wayne Gretzky. Also, it was the first eight point game in the NHL since Mario Lemieux on Dec. 31, 1988.
In two games in Edmonton this year, the Blackhawks allowed 17 goals.
Andrew Brunette left the game with an upper-body injury after skating only five shifts. Meanwhile, Bryan Bickell physically returned to the lineup, but mentally didn’t appear to be anywhere near Edmonton. He took two lazy penalties and was credited with only one hit.
Niklas Hjalmarsson had a solid night with two assists and three blocked shots. Brent Seabrook played an outstanding first period on the penalty kill and finished his evening with five blocked shots and two hits. Mayers scored his fifth goal of the season in the first and won seven of 10 faceoffs, but only skated 8:26 in spite of the score being out of reach for most of the third period.
The Blackhawks play in Calgary on Friday night.