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!