The Day After Highlights 23.0: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Blackhawks 5-4
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By Zach Laing1 month ago
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They came, they saw, they conquered.
And on Wednesday night, the Oilers walked out of Chicago with a 5-4 victory. It wasn’t pretty, but it’s a good thing style points don’t affect standings points.
The Oilers walked out with two, and that’s what mattered most. It was a rather boring first period between the two clubs, but things opened up in the second. Leon Draisaitl got the party started 54 seconds into the second frame capitalizing on a great feed from Darnell Nurse.
Goal two for the Oilers came halfway through the second, when Jesse Puljujarvi had a brilliant feed to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who filled the net with ease.
Chicago got one back as Boris Katchouk tipped in a Jack Johnson point shot at the 14:33 mark of the second. Edmonton carried a 2-1 lead into the third.
It didn’t last long, as Connor McDavid blew the doors open 1:18 into the second flying by Jack Johnson to score his 18th of the year. Mattias Janmark got his first with the Oilers at exactly the 10-minute mark cashing in a Nugent-Hopkins pass on a 2-on-1.
A 4-1 lead was great, but Max Domi and MacKenzie Entwistle scored 19 seconds apart. The former walked down from the point on the powerplay, while the latter caught the Oilers sleeping.
Edmonton’s last goal, scored by Draisaitl, came on a 2-on-1 with Connor McDavid at the 15:21 mark. Domi scored his second of the game with 1:11 to go in the third, but the Oilers held on.
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