EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) — The Chicago Blackhawks continue to
feast on Canadian teams this season.
Defenseman Cam Barker and Dave Bolland scored second-period
goals as the Blackhawks downed the Oilers, 3-1, on Tuesday.
Martin Havlat also scored for Chicago, which improved to 10-0-0
this season against Canadian teams.
“We played great, had a real good first period, but we were down
1-0,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “We liked the way we
played, we had the puck a lot.”
Trailing 1-0, Chicago rallied in the middle session, getting
goals from Barker and Bolland.
The Blackhawks evened the score at 3:06 of the second period on
their first power play of the night.
Barker’s shot from the point beat goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who
was screened by captain Jonathan Toews, allowing the defenseman
to pick up his fourth goal of the season on a set-up from
All-Star blue-liner Brian Campbell and Patrick Kane.
“We knew they’d come out hard and I think we still got pressure
and killed off a few key penalties,” Toews said. “We had a big
goal in the second to tie it up and I think that third goal in
the third period was a big one for us. It gave us confidence
that we could close them out.”
Bolland put Chicago up 2-1 with 3:48 remaining in the session
after blasting a point-shot past Roloson for his 10th of the
campaign off assists from Havlat and Matt Walker.
Bolland returned the favor in the final period. Defenseman
James Wisniewski and Bolland picked up assists as Havlat added
an insurance score at 9:50 of the third, coming out from behind
the net and stuffing the puck past Roloson.
“For most of us, we’re young kids, we haven’t played here,”
Bolland said of Chicago’s success against Canadian teams. “It’s
my second time coming to Edmonton, it was my first time going to
Toronto. It’s fun getting up here and getting to play against
these Canadian teams.”
Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish was frustrated.
“We couldn’t handle their speed and their checking,” MacTavish
said. “They got to us in our defensive zone on our breakouts.
They moved their feet well and we couldn’t stop them.”
Ten seconds after Zack Stortini and Matt Walker squared off in
the first period, the Oilers got on the board, thanks to a goal
by Ethan Moreau. The Oilers’ captain flicked a backhander from
behind the net that hit Campbell’s shoulder then goalie
Cristobal Huet in the back and bounced into the net at 4:48.
The goal was Moreau’s 12th of the season.
“It hit Campbell in the chest or somewhere,” Huet said. “It
happens. It happened for us with Havlat’s goal.”
On the night, Chicago fired 41 shots at Roloson while the Oilers
managed only 21 against Huet.
“There were instances (in the game) where we definitely needed
to compete harder,” Edmonton’s Shawn Horcoff said. “A big issue
for us was on the boards in our own zone. Just in our own zone,
“There is no secret they are a team that skates really well but
we have to take the opportunity when we have it to get pucks out
and break them up clean. We weren’t able to do that. We let
them skate harder than us and win those little battles.”
The Oilers also lost defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, who suffered
a dislocated shoulder after a collision near the end boards in
the third period.
“He’ll be out a period of time,” MacTavish said. “I don’t even
want to guess.”
The Blackhawks have a chance to improve on their mark against
Canadian teams as they face the Calgary Flames and Vancouver
Canucks on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.