On Saturday night, the Blackhawks trailed 3-0 in Vancouver. They came back and won that game.
In Edmonton, the Blackhawks decided to try it again. Unfortunately, the 2016-17 Oilers aren’t a push-over and the Hawks finished the game trailing 5-0.
Monday night was the first time budding superstar Connor McDavid faced the Blackhawks, but goaltender Cam Talbot stole the show. The Blackhawks weren’t very good throughout the night and failed to consistently get bodies in front of Talbot, but he made big saves when he needed to and earned a good home win.
Talbot stopped ten shots in the first period and 18 more in the second, but only had to stop three in the final 20 minutes as the Blackhawks disappeared offensively. The 5-0 final marked the second time this season Chicago has been shutout; the other came in Winnipeg to begin this Circus Trip.
McDavid was as-advertised, picking up assists on the Oilers’ two first period goals. Oscar Klefbom scored 2:49 into the game and Leon Draisaitl scored a power play goal with 34 seconds left in the first, redirecting a Klefbom shot that was also set up by McDavid.
Edmonton added only one goal in the second when Andrej Sekera scored with eight seconds left in the period.
Anton Slepyshev extended the lead to 4-0 at 7:17 into the third. With 85 seconds left, Draisaitl scored his second power play goal of the night and put the final nail in the Blackhawks’ coffin.
The Blackhawks killed two of four penalties and failed on both of their power play opportunities.
Corey Crawford had a very average night, allowing all five goals against 27 shots. With five shots on net each, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov combined for 15 of the Hawks’ 27 shots on goal, however.
One positive for the Hawks was coach Joel Quenneville sticking with the lines he started throughout. Nick Schmaltz led the Hawks with three takeaways and added one hit and one takeaway in 15:46 – almost all of which was spent with Toews and Kane. His former linemate at North Dakota, Drake Caggiula, had an assist in the game for Edmonton.
Ryan Hartman did a good job of getting under the skin of a few Oilers, but that doesn’t show up in the box score… like everything else Hartman did on Monday night. Hartman had zeroes across the board in 12:12. Tyler Motte, in his second game back from injury, got lit up hard a couple times. He skated 2:25 short-handed in the game with Dennis Rasmussen a healthy scratch; Andrew Desjardins dressed in place of Rasmussen.
The Hawks are back on the ice in San Jose on Wednesday night.