O'Sullivan, Kotalik help Oilers edge Blackhawks

PA Stats Inc
By: PA Stats Inc
Oct 22, 2008
The Hockey News

O'Sullivan, Kotalik help Oilers edge Blackhawks

PA Stats Inc
By: PA Stats Inc
Oct 22, 2008

CHICAGO (AP) -- The tired Edmonton Oilers had more than energy
to beat the speedy Chicago Blackhawks.

Patrick O'Sullivan and Ales Kotalik scored in a shootout to give
the Oilers their third straight victory, 5-4 over slumping
Chicago on Friday night.

Edmonton, 4-0-3 in its last seven games, strengthened its hold
on seventh place in the Western Conference and closed within a
point of sixth-place Columbus.

Dustin Penner had a goal and an assist in regulation, and Andrew
Cogliano, Ethan Moreau and Sam Gagner also scored.

The Oilers arrived at their hotel in Chicago at 3 a.m. following
an 8-1 win at Colorado on Thursday night. Still, they managed to
skate to a 4-4 tie through overtime with the Blackhawks in the
uptempo game.

Then O'Sullivan and Kotalik converted Edmonton's first two
shootout attempts against Nikolai Khabibulin to win it.

"It was tough," O'Sullivan said. "Every team has to go through
it, but points are critical right now. Seventy games in, you're
going to be a little bit tired."

"We got their best and we responded really well, especially in a
back-to-back game," Moreau said. "This is pretty good tempo,
what we have to deal with the rest of the year."

Dwayne Roloson made 39 saves, including one on Jonathan Toews'
penalty shot with 7:07 left in regulation and the game tied at
4. In the shootout, Toews lost control of the puck on Chicago's
first attempt, then Roloson stopped Patrick Kane.

Roloson extended a team record by making his 27th straight

"He's an absolute warrior," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.
"Great save on the penalty shot. It was one of the keys in a
game where it seemed there were many keys."

Chicago's Martin Havlat and Dave Bolland each had a goal and an
assist. Adam Burish and Cam Barker also scored for the
Blackhawks, 0-3-2 in their last five.

Havlat's goal at 7:23 of the third period tied it at 4 and set
up overtime.

The Blackhawks' winless streak is their longest this season.
They're 3-7-3 in their last 13. With a point, Chicago moved into
a fourth-place tie with Vancouver in the Western Conference.

"We're having a hard time keeping the puck out of our net and
getting momentum in games," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville
said. "We've gotten the effort the last few games. It's a matter
of confidence. A win is what we're looking for."

Khabibulin stopped 27 shots. He hasn't won since Feb. 11 in
Atlanta, when he sustained a groin injury that sidelined him for
a month.

Chicago had won its three previous games against Edmonton this
season, outscoring the Oilers 15-3.

Penner opened the scoring with a power-play goal 3:12 in. From
the left edge of the crease, he tipped in Denis Grebeshkov's
crisp feed from the point.

Bolland tied it at 1 at 7:41, tipping in Brent Seabrook's low
drive from right point.

Cogliano restored Edmonton's lead, 2-1, midway through the first
when he took Liam Reddox's long pass, slipped past Chicago
defenseman Duncan Keith and broke in alone.

Burish tied it at 2 with 1:28 left in the first by converting a
rebound of Brian Campbell's shot from the right point.

Moreau was credited with a goal at 6:03 of the second that
withstood a video review and gave Edmonton a 3-2 lead.
Khabibulin stopped Moreau's low shot, but the puck continued
into the net as Penner crashed into the crease.

Roloson made several close-in saves to preserve the lead,
including a diving stop on Campbell's rebound attempt at 7:27.

Barker eventually tied it at 3 during a 4-on-4 with 2:29 left in
the period. After Roloson stopped Havlat's point-blank attempt,
Barker pinched in and converted the rebound.

Gagner scored on a breakaway exactly as a Chicago penalty
expired 48 seconds later. Gagner skated in alone after waiting
at the Chicago blue line and taking a long pass from Robert

Havlat tied it at 4 at 7:23 of the third by lofting in a rebound
of Seabrook's shot.

Toews was awarded his penalty shot with 7:07 left after being
hooked from behind on a breakaway by Sheldon Souray. Roloson
made a right pad save on Toews.

Edmonton failed to score on a power play that began with 21
seconds left in regulation and spilled into overtime.

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O'Sullivan, Kotalik help Oilers edge Blackhawks