After the Chicago Blackhawks suffered their first regulation loss of the season to the Colorado Avalanche two nights ago, they were unable to handle bounce back Sunday night against the Edmonton Oilers.
Chicago’s struggles started right off the bat. With three goals scored against the ‘Hawks within 10 minutes of the first period, starting goaltender Ray Emery was pulled from the game.
Emery allowed three out of the nine shots go in the net before he was pulled for Corey Crawford to finish the game.
Crawford let up a goal within a couple minutes of him entering the game, and the game just seemed like it was going to be out of reach for Chicago.
Chicago was down 4-0 after 20 minutes of play, but there was still plenty of hockey left and they were not going to give in just yet.
Only a few minutes into the second period and one major mistake by Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk looked to possibly change the game.
The puck was dumped down the ice and into the Oilers zone when Dubnyk decided to skate out to the top of the circle to try playing the puck. With Dubnyk far out of position, Chicago’s Patrick Kane was able to grab the puck, skate around the out of position goaltender and put the puck into a vacant Oilers net.
Two minutes later Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews skated behind the net and sent a pass up front to Marian Hossa for the goal. Now the Oilers decided they better make a change in between the pipes before they ran into the same situation as Chicago had earlier.
Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff was able to score a goal and put a stop to the Blackhawks scoring streak. Chicago and Edmonton would then trade goals back and forth to end the second period 6-4 in favor of the Oilers.
Then in the third period Patrick Kane would score the last goal of the game and Chicago would fall short in the end once again.
This was the Blackhawks first regulation loss at home and second total of the season. Corey Crawford was credited with the loss, so Emery was able to maintain his perfect 10-0-0-season record.
The Blackhawks will have a few days to clear their minds and rest their bodies. Their next game is Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets who are currently on a five-game winning streak.