Blackhawks Dominate Oilers

The Blackhawks scored four times in the second period – including one into their own empty net – and put away the awful Oilers with a dominant 5-3 win at the United Center on Sunday night.

Andrew Shaw started the game between Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad and he had a fantastic game. He scored the Hawks’ second goal of the night at 2:36 into the middle frame and was physical throughout the game. Shaw won four of seven faceoffs and was credited with one hit, one takeaway and four shots on net in the game.

Marian Hossa scored his 17th goal of the season, a power play tally 29 seconds after a ridiculous game-tying, short-handed, empty net goal the Hawks put into their own net. He was also credited with an assist on Jonathan Toews’ goal later in the second and one hit as he was named the game’s Number One star on his 35th birthday.

Before Hossa’s goal, the Blackhawks were already on a power play with Taylor Hall in the box for hooking. When Devan Dubnyk slashed Andrew Shaw, Chicago netminder Antti Raanta vacated his net to give the Hawks a 6-on-4 advantage. Unfortunately, Kane tried to bank a pass to a point man who wasn’t there and the puck traveled the length of the ice into the empty net.

At the time, the goal – credited to Boyd Gordon – tied the game at two. But Hossa quickly put the Hawks back in front, and the Oilers weren’t able to tie the game again.

Toews was dominant at the dot, winning 17 of 23 faceoffs, with one hit, one takeaway and one blocked shot. Kane and Patrick Sharp led the Hawks with five shots each, but Sharp opting to pass to Toews rather than shoot led to the game-winning goal for Chicago’s captain.

Ben Smith got the Hawks on the board, tipping a Niklas Hjalmarsson shot 14:26 into the first period. That goal was the first goal scored by the Hawks in the first period of a game in 2014, and tied the game 1-1 after Ales Hemsky gave Edmonton an early lead.

Duncan Keith played another exceptional game on the blue line. He was credited with one assist in the game, but once again showed by he’s at the top of the list for Norris Trophy candidates this year. He sated 25:49 with two takeaways and two blocked shots, and his active stick led to Toews’ goal.

Raanta has been in net for both of the Blackhawks’ wins this calendar year, and he was good when tested on Sunday night. He faced only 12 shots in the first 40 minutes, making 11 stops; the Gordon goal was credited as an empty net, short-handed score. Raanta stopped seven of eight shots in the third period to preserve the victory.

Taylor Hall scored in the third to bring the Oilers back to within one early in the third, but the Hawks scored a fifth goal late in regulation when Shaw redirected a Brent Seabrook shot past Dubnyk.

Brandon Bollig played a nice game, getting the start with Smith and Marcus Kruger. A big Bollig hit led to the Hjalmarsson shot that was tipped in by Smith, one of a team-high four hits for Bollig in the game. He skated 10:30 on the night.

Bryan Bickell was once again the lowest ice time recipient on the roster, held to only 12 shifts and 8:47 in the game. He put one shot on net, missed with another, and was credited with two hits.

For Edmonton, Dubnyk stopped 36 of 41 shots and put his team short-handed twice in the loss. The Blackhawks scored on only one of five power plays, but successfully killed their only short-handed situation in the game.

The Hawks host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

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20 Responses to Blackhawks Dominate Oilers

  1. ebonyraptor says:

    2 points. More than 2 goals. All is well … at least for a couple days.

  2. RyanDale says:

    Oil is a good, temporary remedy for ills.

    Tab, assuming that is scored SHG-EN it seems we were on a 160 game losing streak when allowing an ENG…stats dating only to 1987, so who knows how long it goes

  3. Peter says:

    I admit when I saw shg-en real time on the NHL Gamecenter App, it took me awhile to create a scenario in my head for how that could conceivably happen. I had Zus and Bollig in a comedy of errors playing the puck backwards in my head. Hockey is full of freak plays and timing, but you have to think Kane would have time to look up and actually see if he had a teammate there for that “bounce” pass.

  4. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Did Marcus Kruger lose his 2nd line center spot that fast? It sure looked like Shaw and Saad played well together on that 2nd line. It also looked like Bickell and Kruger did play well enough to retain that position. Several time Kruger showed why he isn’t a 2nd line center,….his lack of shooting during good shooting opportunities.

    I’m very curious to see how the Hawks stack up against the Ducks. IMO the Ducks are the biggest threat to the Hawks this season(not the Blues).

    The Oilers are a complete suck fest these days that teams needs some wholesale changes. How many 1st overall picks can a team waste?

  5. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    correction,…It also looked like Bickell and Kruger DIDNT play well enough to retain that position.***

  6. ebonyraptor says:

    Saad-Shaw-Kane played pretty well tonight. Course, it was against the Oilers whose defense isn’t in the same stratosphere as the Ducks and Blues and other top teams. But for one game they looked pretty good together.

  7. Tim G says:

    I have to be honest, edm and cgy always scare the crap out of me. They are games we should win, but for some reason we dont. And after a small skid, it was a breath of fresh air to see us pile on the goals and pull out the win.

    Now we just need too keep it going! 3 at home for 5 of 6 on the road (including a little west coast swing before the olympic break) 7 of the next 9 come vs. team currently in a playoff spot. This is a huge opportunity for the hawks to really test themselves.

  8. wall says:

    Well- Q;s solution to the lines… Make the 4th line the 3rd line and Shaw to the 2nd… which gives the Hawks 2.66 lines… and Officially a 4th/”LACK OF ENERGY” line.

    It should work vs. half the league!!! Actually is the best O Hawks can generate now w/Players on roster… Basically throwing in the towel on 4 good lines-with a “Please don’t get scored on” 4th line.

  9. EB says:

    Tab,

    Any thought at this time as to what the Hawks plans are or could be for Raanta after this season? It’s still early but IMO they have a valuable asset here with this kid. Being he will be a RFA and the Crow’s contract will hit the books next year, do you see the Hawks being comfortable with potentially a 7-10 mill range cap hit b/w the pipes?

  10. Mike57 says:

    Finally our top 6 forwards on the top 2 lines, it will be harder to double team Kane with Shaw in front of the net and Saad as strong with the puck as he is. Yes, it was only the Oilers but please let them have some time together. 16 28 and as long as 52 is hitting people could be the 3rd line, the checking line. Still need more forward help and move 6 to Rockford, imo.
    Would the Hawks trade Crawford in the off season and go with the cheaper Raanta?
    Isn’t Price in Montreal a FA after the year and you know Montreal would be a good fit for Cro. Just asking, I like Cro and would rather keep him but what do you all think?

    It’s a great time to be a Hawks fan!

  11. goldenbladz says:

    I agree with Milton in the previous post, put Bollig on waivers and if he clears send him to Rockford. If he does get claimed who cares it’s a four line player who can be replaced. Handzus should be a healthy scratch and Kostka can go wherever and give Clendening or someone else a few games before the olympic break.

  12. Sr. Brad says:

    First, Wall I think understands the fall out of this game as well as anyone…the Hawks won with superior talent, at home against a weak team with 2.66 lines…this ISN’T the recipe to win 16 playoff games…so while its 2 points, Q still has to deal with his personnel in a more effective way…right now he’s being stubborn by keeping Handzus, Bollig, and Bickell in the lineup…at least last night he realized what they are…anchors right now for this team…and after 2 periods the 3 of them had little ice time…it wasn’t until the 3rd that they got more ice time…

    Shaw is the dynamic player to energize the 2nd line with Saad and Kane…that line could of easily scored 6 goals…Kane missed on 2 glorious opportunities alone, and how Shaw wasn’t credited with the final goal, I don’t know…so for now, and likely until TT arrives, its a solution…good work Q…now, the 3rd line…Kruger gets dumped from the 2nd to the 3rd where he was born to play…all of us know this…Kruger was a luxury on the 4h line that we can no longer afford…and giving him Steeger and Bickell or Bollig will likely work…although I would have preferred had Smith gone with him and left Bollig behind…the lingering problem? The 4th line…because its mostly the dregs…Handzus, Bickell or Bollig, and Smith…its “do-able” if someone steps up or is replaced…because as Wall so astutely put it, right now, this is a line that will likely only get 6 to 8, five on five ice time minutes, per game and we can all cross our fingers that they don’t get scored on…

    But if Q is going to keep this personnel, I believe this is the best solution…however, bringing up Morin, Pirri, Nordstrom or Ross to energize that line would be a far better one…but that means Q admitting he has been “wrong” and he won’t do it, unless he is forced to…so unless someone gets hurt, this is the lineup we will be going forward with into a difficult and crucial stretch of our schedule prior to the Olympics…let’s all hope things start to come together for Bickell…because if he comes alive, it will solve a lot of problems…

    Random thoughts…I don’t think Keith had a Norris Trophy night…while Keith got better as the game wore on, he gave up or first goal by standing flat footed against Hensky…that goal should never have happened…then the did it again to another Oiler in the first who just missed another goal…then Kane fed Keith with a “sure goal” set up in the lower slot, and he missed the net from 12 feet…this isn’t Norris trophy stuff…my coaches always taught me that DMen who skated on their heels were tired, and to attack…Keith has logged a lot of minutes of late, and clearly is tired…how’s he going to be after the Olympics??? I don’t blame Kane at all on the self goal, or the OT goal in Montreal…someone has to be on that point when he makes that pass…and when he brought the puck back into our zone against MON, he did so to maintain possession and create a line change…it wasn’t his fault that every other Hawk fell apart…Shaw’s energy and enthusiasm could be exactly what is needed to re spark Kane and to energize Saad…this could become a monster line over the next couple of weeks if Shaw can win face-offs…

  13. Sr. Brad says:

    One other comment on Handzus…even if Zus was having a decent season, there would be requests here, and elsewhere, to give Zus some time off to keep him fresh for the playoffs and let someone young get some reps in…what Q’s thinking is regarding Zus is beyond me…short of ego…

  14. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    A couple of thoughts based on the comments. I can’t believe a scenario where the Hawks move Crow in favor of Raanta. Crows cost and dollars make him nearly untrade able. Also Crow is an injury away from playing on the Canada team in net. Early on it was Crow that was being talked about on the team not Mike Smith.

    Secondly I don’t think the Hawks are planning on making whole sale changes in their bottom 6. Zus and Bickell have struggled but without those 2 players the Hawks don’t win a cup.

    2nd line center is an issue, no question but outside of that spot I think the Hawks are in good shape if a few players pick up their game. I’m not sure why Pirri doesn’t get called up and Zus gets to wear his best suit from time to time.

  15. Travis says:

    this team is fine.

    bickell is showing signs. another post, better effort, more physical. he’ll break through before the olympic break.

    bollig is fine. nothing flashy, nice and simple, good physical play. as long as he stays out of the box, no complaints. most teams have three bolligs on their fourth line.

    speaking of, our fourth line is among the best in the league. not many teams start their fourth line! they were on fire throughout the first period. as much as i love kruger, and want him to succeed at 2C, he’s too much of a luxury at 4C. keep him there. hopefully shaw or pirri can pull it off until TT comes up.

    handzus was fine. he may be slow, but makes good exit passes to flip the ice.

    balanced scoring. goals from two star forwards, two grinders, and a d-man. me likey.

    keith was totes amazeballs. the complete defenseman. what a skater.

    please, no goalie controversy talk yet. all due respect to raanta’s 12-1-3 record, the skaters in front of raanta looked much better tonight than the past few games. and generally do when raanta’s in net.

  16. Phil says:

    Jeez, it was a long travel day coming back from Montreal. We are all at mercy of the airlines, like it or not when using the air option. At least there were good NFL games to watch and kill the extra time…Still happy to have made the trip though despite the loss.

    SSHM, I think your idea with Pirri is a good one. Zus needs a break. Bollig could get spelled by Morin although Bollig shoots left and Morin is a righty. I would like to see the 4th line with some extra speed. Maybe get Nordsrom into the mix somehow. The 2nd line last night looked dangerous again for a change. We were good last year because of all the speed we could employ on the 3rd and 4th lines. Get some of the Hogs in that mix and I think we present some matchup problems for most teams.

    Oilers were a good tonic for a Hawks team that is looking fatigued after playing a lot of games with a rough schedule in the 1st half of the season. Some big games coming up right here, right now. The Sunday Boston matinee game has me thinking back that we usually played bad for years in those tilts. We always seemed sluggish. I hope I’m wrong this time. Getzlaf hurt last night blocking a shot. Hopefully he isn’t full speed Friday. As mentioned above Ducks are a tough matchup for us. Some big boys on that team and they cover up the ice pretty good. Avs hopefully cough up pucks in their own end tomorrow. Hawks need to bring a strong forecheck and opportunities will be there on a platter.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  17. Morrison says:

    If we go with 10-19-81 for the entire season (and it looks like were going to, since we didn’t wen we had slump/needed spark… for whole game). What would be the most ideal lines then. I still think we add a depth fw at deadline (I like Goc), we have the space (1.7 by having 6 ahl roster)(6 is on a 2way right, he doesn’t have to clear waivers or he does?) to add a fast tough pk type. Then, is this most ideal… Having 37 play in all the backtobacks for 26, like 17 for 32.

    20-65-88
    29-26-23
    fa-16-28

  18. JS says:

    Hossa has been pretty spectacular all season, outside of a 3-4 game stretch. He’s shooting a lot lower of a percentage than we are used to, but he’s getting more chances than we’ve seen since he put on the Blackhawk sweater.

    Again, sitting Bickell does nothing. He needs to play to get comfortable on his knee. He’s already showing improvment and he’s done very well possession wise for the past 3 games. He’s also rang two pipes in the last two games.

    There is only a goalie controversy if you are Wall. I know people don’t think CC deserved the contract that he got, but when is the last time a Stanley Cup goalie (in his peak) hit the open market? He was in the final year of his deal, had a good chance of making the Olympics, and the Hawks still have a chance to repeat this year… He’d be worth a lot more if he had 2 rings and a gold medal.

    As far as Raanta goes, my guess is Bowman tries to sign him for 2/5 or 3/6. If he doesn’t want to sign for that, move his rights. Look at the what LA got for Bernier… or Vancouver for Schneider. People love overpaying for goalies.

    Kane with one goal and two assists last night. Pretty impressive. Oh, the goal didn’t count? Well that sucks.

    Hard to judge anything from last night, really. Edmonton is a terrible team. I’d still love to see some roster movement. Seems like Q has finally gotten it through his head that Handzus can’t play… Certainly better options on the farm.

  19. Phil says:

    Stastny not playing tonight. Leg injury.

  20. Windy City Z says:

    Crawford is starting tonight

    Lines this morning were:
    Sharp-Toews-Hossa
    Saad-Shaw-Kane
    Bickell-Handzus-Versteeg
    Bollig-Kruger-Smith

    Roll Em’… Go Blackhawks!

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