Hawks bounce back, sweep season series with Edmonton


In their second game in two nights, the Hawks bounced back from a tough 2-1 OT loss against Montreal to win their third game against the Oilers to sweet the season series 5-3.  Antti Raanta made 18 saves to improve to 12-1-3, and the Hawks scored five goals on 41 shots, including a power play goal.


The Oilers, fresh off a come-from-behind victory against the Penguins, played well in the beginning, getting on the board first with a goal by Ales Hemsky at 13:52 of the first.  He took the puck and drove to the net from the right faceoff dot, tucking it past a sprawling Raanta to give Edmonton the lead early.


After a power play that didn’t get anything going, the Hawks tied it up off of tip by Ben Smith from a blast from the point by Niklas Hjalmarsson.   The play was possible after a booming hit by Brandon Bollig caused a turnover that Hjalmarsson was able to keep in, and the score remained knotted going into the first intermission.


Chicago got the puck after a 2-on-1 rush by Edmonton was broken up by Duncan Keith.  Patrick Kane, sent the puck to Andrew Shaw, who ripped it cleanly past Devan Dubnyk for the Hawks lead at 14:26 in the first.


The game would get tied again at 11:29 of the second, and though Boyd Gordon would get credit, it was Chicago’s Kane who put the puck in his own net on a delayed penalty while Raanta had gone to the bench for an extra attacker.


The Hawks made the Oilers pay on the ensuing 5-on-3 power play, as Marian Hossa put the puck away for a goal on his birthday at 11:58 in the second, less than 30 seconds after the tying goal.


Jonathan Toews scored what would prove to be the game winner, after a beautiful pass from Patrick Sharp set him up to deke Dubnyk and slide the puck between his legs to make it 4-2 Hawks.


Edmonton would make it close just over 5 minutes into the third, when Taylor Hall wristed a shot past Raanta to bring the Oilers within one, but the Brent Seabrook would score from the blueline at 14:19 of the third to give the Hawks their fifth and final goal and secure the victory for the Hawks.


Three Stars of the Game:

1. Marian Hossa- 1 G, 1 A, 21:51 TOI

2. Andrew Shaw- 1 G, 57% FO, 13:55 TOI

3. Duncan Keith- 1 A, 4 SOG, 25:49


Quick Hits:

John Wiedeman was honored at tonight’s game for being named Illinois Broadcaster of the Year. 

- Shaw’s goal tonight was his first goal in seven games.  Kane’s assist was his first point in his last four. With another assist on the power play goal, Kane earned his 17th multi-point game of the year.


The Hawks are back in action on Tuesday as they face off against the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center.  Game starts at 7:00 pm central time.


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