By Brad Vandenberk
Just when you think Edmonton was a place you could walk into a get a win, think again. The Hawks came in from their victory in Minnesota last night and looked sluggish the entire night. Mental errors were apparent all over the ice as they let the NHL’s worst, beat them 5-2. Brandon Saad scored the only two goals with Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews collecting 2 assists. Saad’s goals were very similar grabbing rebounds off Ben Scrivens’ pads. Antti Raanta was also a shoe in to start as Corey Crawford played the night previous.
Dan Carcillo was sent to the press box once again with Teuvo Teravainen back in the fold. Tim Erixon and injured Kris Versteeg were also not in the lineup. Teravainen really made a statement making some picturesque passes cross ice finding Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw and David Rundblad on a few opportunities. He wasn’t that mighty with the sluggish Hawks being unable to connect on his standout performance.
The opening period did seem to predict a better fate when Raanta makes a few saves as the Oilers test him early. He does take a puck off the mask and is slow to his feet but stays put in the crease. Saad gathers the rebound from a Toews shot and gives the Hawks the early lead 1-0. Just over a minute later Benoit Pouliot also grabs a rebound tying it at 1. David Rundblad receives the first penalty of the game for high sticking. Teddy Purcell makes a gorgeous pass to find a speedy Derek Roy who tips the power play goal past Raanta 2-1. Sharp tries to create some space screaming off the wing but Scrivens makes the save. Matt Hendricks puts the Hawks on the power play with 35 seconds remaining in the period by closing his hand on the puck. The period ends with the Oilers leading the Hawks 7-6 in shots.
With a 1:25 of power play time to open the second period, one would think that this would be a great way to tie the game up on a fresh sheet of ice, but no. Raanta begins to scramble with a puck heading over the net and Raanta trying to locate it. The Oilers begin to turn it up, and Raanta is up to the task making some in close saves. Saad again is Johnny on the spot once again, this time off a Hossa rebound sweeping it past Scrivens tying the game at 2 with 14:13 remaining. Just under a minute later the Hawks get lost in their own zone and Jeff Petry squeaks home a rebound past Raanta getting the lead back 3-2. Now the lines start to be slightly adjusted with Sharp, Teravainen being centered by Andrew Shaw. Rob Klinkhammer gives the Hawks another power play, heading to the box for slashing. The Oilers conduct a great penalty kill with Anton Lander getting a shorthanded chance. Now its Teuvo time! He finds Sharp in the slot with a nice cross ice feed, then locates Shaw which Scrivens has slide past him but Oscar Klefbom makes a goal line stop saving a goal. Scrivens then robs Brad Richards on 2 different attempts. The period ends with the shots tied at 15.
Bryan Bickell takes an early penalty heading to the box for hooking Taylor Hall. Raanta makes a great save on a re directed shot and keeps the game close. Toews and Hossa get a 2 on 1 shorthanded chance but once again Scrivens shuts the door. Teuvo slips a pass to Rundblad who walks off the point and puts a shot on. The pace quickens as the Hawks try to tie the game. Hall levels Kane behind the net as Kane seems to be on every shift. Now Teuvo and Kane are line mates which seems to be the future of this Hawks organization and for a first look, it looked pretty darn good. Jordan Eberle gets his shot blocked by Duncan Keith. Klinkhammer labels Johnny Oduya. Oduya makes an incredible defensive play diving to stop Roy on an almost breakaway. As the hawks try to tie the game they give up a 2 on 0 and Nail Yakupov keeps the puck and beats Raanta with a back hand making it 4-2. Raanta heads to the bench and Hall puts home an empty netter sealing the 5-2 victory.
–Edmonton outshot the Hawks 22-21
–Hawks go 0/2 on the power play with the Oilers going 1/2.
–Duncan Keith led all Hawks with 25:04 of TOI. Partner Brent Seabrook was next logging 22:18. Marcus Kruger 8:37 and Joakim Nordstrom 6:16 were the lowest of the totem pole. Teuvo 14:42.
–Toews was 40% in the faceoff dot. Richards 75%, Shaw 38%, Kruger 50%.
–Hawks now head home for another tilt against the Wild on Sunday before they get a 4 day break.
Saad Toews Hossa Keith Seabrook
Bickell Richards Kane Oduya Hjalmarsson
Sharp Shaw Smith Rundblad Rozsival
Teravainen Kruger Nordstrom