The second half of the season hasn’t quite gone the way the first did for the Blackhawks.
After having their 24-game streak to start the season without a regulation loss snapped two nights earlier, the Hawks fell for the second consecutive game as they came out on the short end of a wild contest, 6-5 to the Oilers on Sunday night at the United Center.
The Hawks dropped to 21-2-3 on the season as goaltender Ray Emery didn’t make it out of the first period as the speedy Oilers came out on top.
Sam Gagner had two goals, Ryan Whitney and Taylor Hall each had a goal and an assist and Shawn Horcoff and Mike Brown also scored. Devan Dubynk didn’t finish the game in goal for the Oilers after departing with an injury but earned the win.
Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist Marian Hossa and goal and an assist and Sheldon Broobank and Brent Seabrook added scores.
The Oilers struck early and often to race to the four-goal lead. Gagner twice followed scores from Brown and Whitney as the Hawks were on their heels and reeling from the onslaught. After Whitney’s goal to make it 3-0, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville had seen enough of Emery and replaced him with Crawford.
Kane started the comeback with a terrific individual effort early in the second. With the puck sliding along the boards in the Oilers zone, Kane raced after it just as Dubnyk decided to go for it as well. Kane won the race, scooped up the puck, headed to the net and waited for some traffic to clear before depositing it into the goal.
With momentum going their way, Hossa made it 2-0 when the winger took a nice feed from Jonathan Toews from behind the goal and beat Dubynk from the slot. Dubnyk then became the second goalie to leave early as he was injured following a collision with teammate Teemu Hartikainen.
The Oilers didn’t collapse under the Hawks’ ensuing pressure on Danis and took advantage of an ill-timed penalty by Nick Leddy as Horcoff scored on the power play to make it 5-2.
A flurry of scores as the clock wound down in the second brought the Hawks to within two goals at the second intermission. First, Brookbank scored his first of the season and it came with the Hawks short-handed. After a Hossa rush, Brookbank fired a rebound that Danis got a piece of but it banked off the defenseman’s chest and into the goal.
Another power-play goal, this one from Hall, made it 6-3 Oilers before Seabrook trimmed it to a two-goal deficit when he stepped into a slap shot and blew it past Danis.
In the third, the Hawks kept coming and Kane drew them closer with his second of the night, this one off an outstanding cross-ice pass from Dave Bolland that Kane finished to make it 6-5.
By Chris Kuc Tribune reporter
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