Blackhawks turn the tables on Oilers

Blackhawks turn the tables on Oilers

Hossa, Sharp, Kane on Hawks' OT win over Edmonton

February 26, 2013, 12:45 am
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Nina Falcone

The last time these two teams met, the Oilers crushed the Blackhawks on home ice. More specifically, it was Oilers forward Sam Gagner that crushed the Blackhawks on home ice.

Last February, Edmonton recorded an 8-4 victory over Chicago after Gagner racked up a whopping four goals and four assists. In fact, Chicago had a tough time in general when it came to facing the Oilers. Throughout the duration of the 2011-12 campaign, Edmonton outscored the Blackhawks 24-15, claiming victory in three of the four matchups these teams played against each other.

But the tides changed at the United Center on Monday night as the Hawks pulled out a 3-2 overtime win and extended their record-breaking point streak to 19 games.

"For us, it would have been a big statement game if we had been able to break the streak," Gagner said after Monday's matchup.

"[The Blackhawks are] just sharp. They're very efficient with their plays, it seems like they always have a guy stretching and getting the puck in deep. Because of that, they spend very little time in their [defensive] zone, that makes it an easier game for all of their players. [I think] we can learn something from that."

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Now the beat goes on for the Blackhawks, who finished their seven-game homestand with a 6-0-1 record. Forward Marian Hossa recorded Chicago's game-winner in overtime and was thankful his team found a way to come back after trailing Edmonton twice during Monday's matchup.

"It's just fun, you know, obviously tonight we played against a great young team," Hossa said. "They had our number last year. We talked about them and how they're proving they're a quick team, but we hung in there when we were down and we found a way to win. It's just great.

"Obviously when you're winning everything is easier. Tonight we had a lot of work to do to beat this team, but like I said, we find a way which is very important."