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O'Sullivan, Kotalik help Oilers edge Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) -- The tired Edmonton Oilers had more than energy

to beat the speedy Chicago Blackhawks.

Patrick O'Sullivan and Ales Kotalik scored in a shootout to give

the Oilers their third straight victory, 5-4 over slumping

Chicago on Friday night.

Edmonton, 4-0-3 in its last seven games, strengthened its hold

on seventh place in the Western Conference and closed within a

point of sixth-place Columbus.

Dustin Penner had a goal and an assist in regulation, and Andrew

Cogliano, Ethan Moreau and Sam Gagner also scored.

The Oilers arrived at their hotel in Chicago at 3 a.m. following

an 8-1 win at Colorado on Thursday night. Still, they managed to

skate to a 4-4 tie through overtime with the Blackhawks in the

uptempo game.

Then O'Sullivan and Kotalik converted Edmonton's first two

shootout attempts against Nikolai Khabibulin to win it.

"It was tough," O'Sullivan said. "Every team has to go through

it, but points are critical right now. Seventy games in, you're

going to be a little bit tired."

"We got their best and we responded really well, especially in a

back-to-back game," Moreau said. "This is pretty good tempo,

what we have to deal with the rest of the year."

Dwayne Roloson made 39 saves, including one on Jonathan Toews'

penalty shot with 7:07 left in regulation and the game tied at

4. In the shootout, Toews lost control of the puck on Chicago's

first attempt, then Roloson stopped Patrick Kane.

Roloson extended a team record by making his 27th straight


"He's an absolute warrior," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.

"Great save on the penalty shot. It was one of the keys in a

game where it seemed there were many keys."

Chicago's Martin Havlat and Dave Bolland each had a goal and an

assist. Adam Burish and Cam Barker also scored for the

Blackhawks, 0-3-2 in their last five.

Havlat's goal at 7:23 of the third period tied it at 4 and set

up overtime.

The Blackhawks' winless streak is their longest this season.

They're 3-7-3 in their last 13. With a point, Chicago moved into

a fourth-place tie with Vancouver in the Western Conference.

"We're having a hard time keeping the puck out of our net and

getting momentum in games," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville

said. "We've gotten the effort the last few games. It's a matter

of confidence. A win is what we're looking for."

Khabibulin stopped 27 shots. He hasn't won since Feb. 11 in

Atlanta, when he sustained a groin injury that sidelined him for

a month.

Chicago had won its three previous games against Edmonton this

season, outscoring the Oilers 15-3.

Penner opened the scoring with a power-play goal 3:12 in. From

the left edge of the crease, he tipped in Denis Grebeshkov's

crisp feed from the point.

Bolland tied it at 1 at 7:41, tipping in Brent Seabrook's low

drive from right point.

Cogliano restored Edmonton's lead, 2-1, midway through the first

when he took Liam Reddox's long pass, slipped past Chicago

defenseman Duncan Keith and broke in alone.

Burish tied it at 2 with 1:28 left in the first by converting a

rebound of Brian Campbell's shot from the right point.

Moreau was credited with a goal at 6:03 of the second that

withstood a video review and gave Edmonton a 3-2 lead.

Khabibulin stopped Moreau's low shot, but the puck continued

into the net as Penner crashed into the crease.

Roloson made several close-in saves to preserve the lead,

including a diving stop on Campbell's rebound attempt at 7:27.

Barker eventually tied it at 3 during a 4-on-4 with 2:29 left in

the period. After Roloson stopped Havlat's point-blank attempt,

Barker pinched in and converted the rebound.

Gagner scored on a breakaway exactly as a Chicago penalty

expired 48 seconds later. Gagner skated in alone after waiting

at the Chicago blue line and taking a long pass from Robert


Havlat tied it at 4 at 7:23 of the third by lofting in a rebound

of Seabrook's shot.

Toews was awarded his penalty shot with 7:07 left after being

hooked from behind on a breakaway by Sheldon Souray. Roloson

made a right pad save on Toews.

Edmonton failed to score on a power play that began with 21

seconds left in regulation and spilled into overtime.



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