Blackhawks get shutout for the first time this season in a 4-0 loss to the Oilers
EDMONTON – He wasn’t there last night in Vancouver, but he was back on Thursday during the Blackhawks’ tour of Western Canada.
But not even Patrick Kane, the NHL’s leading goal scorer, could help the team find the back of the net on Thursday night.
For the first time all season, the Blackhawks were shutout by an opponent and were kept off the board by a goalie playing in just his sixth NHL game.
Mikko Koskinen came up big in a spot start for the Oilers, picking up his first career shutout in a 4-0 Edmonton victory over the Blackhawks as they lose their second-straight game on the road trip.
It wasn’t like Joel Quenneville’s team didn’t have chances – putting 40 shots on goal over 60 minutes. But Koskinen stopped them all, and the hosts broke through against Cam Ward for two goals in the second and two in the third to send the Blackhawks to defeat.
Drake Caggiula was the man who broke through for the Oilers 18 seconds into the second period, but Ward held the Blackhawks in as he faced a number of quality chances in the second period. But 37 seconds before the end of the second, Edmonton broke through for a power play goal from Jason Garrison to make it 2-0.
As Koskinen continued his strong play in goal, Caggiula got another score on the power play and then Alex Chiasson finished off the Oilers scoring around four minutes later. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks’ offense had no answers for Edmonton’s goaltender, who enjoyed the best night of his NHL career at their expense.