The Chicago Blackhawks notched their 5th win in six games courtesy of Niklas Hjalmarsson, Dustin Byfuglien and Jonathan Toews scoring in the final period to defeat the Edmonton Oilers last night at the United Center. Following a scoreless first period, both rosters adjusted offensively to post two goals apiece. From there it was all Blackhawks dominating to further prove their squad as one of the NHL’s major championship contenders.
“The third period, that’s the way we can be,” said Toews. “I think we got our legs. The last two nights, we’ve played two teams everybody expects you to beat. There are 20-some games left, and you’ve got to focus on what you can do, no matter who you’re playing.” Chicago is scheduled to welcome the Vancouver Canucks on Friday as the Oilers travel back home to matchup with the Minnesota Wild.
Jonathan Toews notched the initial score for Chicago 44 seconds into the contest to lead his squad past the Oilers 4-2 yesterday in Edmonton. The top ranked Blackhawks earned their 36th win of the season while denying access for the Oilers to earn a W for themselves. Edmonton has lost 11 straight heading into tonight’s matchup against the St Louis Blues.
The game shifted immediately throughout the rest of the first block until Troy Brouwer found the net again for the Hawks 5:50 into the second. From there Chicago was able to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Fernando Pisani helped Edmonton avoid the shutout with a goal at the end of the period. The Oilers tacked another on the board early in the third when Ryan Potulny finished Patrick O’Sullivans dish to split the deficit.
“I thought in the first two periods we did some good things, but I think that’s far from the way we can play,” said Toews. “There wasn’t much of an atmosphere in the building tonight, and I wouldn’t say that was an excuse, but some flat games like that you have to find a way to motivate yourself and try to remind ourselves when they scored that goal late in the second period, that it’s never over, until it’s over.” The Hawks will make their way west for a 10:30 PM ET game against the San Jose Sharks. Chicago Blackhawks tickets are now available!
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