Game Review: Oilers defeat Blackhawks 6-5
40 penalty minutes in total, 74 shots, 11 goals, and a McDavid hat trick. This game had it all. The penalties will be the story of the game, but I really focused in on the Max Domi and Patrick Kane chemistry that I saw out there tonight. Each player seems to have settled in to the season. This is Kane's 3rd straight multi-point game as he finished the night with a goal and two assists.
The 1st period started rather ho-hum and we didn't see much in the first 10 minutes. Connor McDavid then made a tight pass right to left to hit Hyman whom buries it past Blackhawks goalie Alex Stalock. The Hawks kept their composure and answered right back with an Andreas Athanasiou breakaway that he eventually tucked around Jack Campbell's left foot. Tremendous pass from Hawks forward Max Domi to spring Athanasiou down ice.
Reese Johnson grabs a rebound to have the home squad go up 2-1 and giving even more credit to our bottom 6 that have played so well all season. This may be this seasons underlining theme: composure. Head coach Luke Richardson has really seemed to instill this belief that they can always come back, fight, and win from what I've seen early this season.
Ok, so my notes on the 2nd period remind me of when I first saw calculus.... I'm not sure what I'm looking at or where to even start. This was one of the crazier periods of hockey I've seen in awhile. Penalties, reviews, goals, and more penalties. There were some nice Hawks highlights in the period including an excellent power play goal by Jonathan Toews on a tic-tac-toe passing play.
The 3rd period saw another 4 goals just like in the prior period but in the end the top 6 of Edmonton just had too much firepower. Leon Draisaitl's goal with about 37 seconds left ended up being the winner. Overall, this was a FUN game to watch. It showed all of us that this team of ours can score and compete against the best teams in the NHL.
Patrick Kane and Max Domi led the way with 3pt nights each. Netminder Alex Stalock was entertaining as always too, which for me has become must see TV. Hawks fall to 4-3 on the season and their winning streak ends at 4 in a row. Next game will be in Buffalo on Saturday night.