Drama in the Windy City

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:21 PM ET

CHICAGO -- Upon further review ...

Burned by a bogus call in Minnesota 24 hours earlier, the last thing the Edmonton Oilers wanted to do was see their playoff hopes take another hit by rolling the dice against the laughingstock Chicago Blackhawks in a half-empty United Center last night.

And the very last thing they expected was to get singed by a video review on consecutive nights, but that's exactly what almost happened before Ryan Smyth scored his second goal of the game in a 4-3 overtime win on a night the Oilers had another goal waved off.

What are the odds?

"You've just got to wait and find out for sure," said Smyth, talking about waiting out a review on back-to-back nights.

"It's a relief. It's nice to fight through a little adversity like we did the last couple of games and come up with a win. We'll take it."

PISANI GOAL DISALLOWED

Fernando Pisani had what looked like his second of the game disallowed on a review 3:02 into overtime, but Smyth buried one they had to count just 16 seconds later as the Oilers vaulted over San Jose and Colorado into sixth place in Western Conference standings.

"I thought I saw it cross the line," said Pisani. "But he reached his glove back so fast ... I didn't get the explanation from the ref. That would have sucked if we didn't get the goal and the two points."

Up 3-1 through 40 minutes, and looking like they'd pack their bags for St. Louis with two relatively easy points, the Oilers gave up goals by Mark Bell and Kyle Calder, who banked a sharp-angle shot off Dwayne Roloson into the net with just 1:59 to play.

"I know they've played well as of late," coach Craig MacTavish said of the Blackhawks. "They beat Nashville the other night in here. They beat Detroit in Detroit. They should have beaten Colorado in Colorado.

"We know that teams that are out of the playoff hunt at this time of year are a dangerous group."

Smyth, who scored the only goal - at least that counted - in Minnesota, got the Oilers on the board first when he slipped the rebound of a Shawn Horcoff slapper past Nikolai Khabibulin 6:50 into the game.

RATTLES PUCK OFF THE POST

Pisani almost extended the lead to 2-0 two minutes later, but rattled the puck off the post. Chicago took that break and carried the play the rest of the period, getting even when Radim Vrbata sifted a slapshot past Roloson on a power play 37 seconds before the intermission.

"This is a team that's played us pretty tough this year," said Michael Peca, the victim of the review in Minnesota. "They're playing pretty good hockey. They're playing with a lot of pride and enthusiasm."

Ales Hemsky made it 2-1 eight minutes into the second period with just his second goal in 18 games when he lifted a Smyth rebound over a prone Khabibulin.

Then, Pisani made good on his second crack at Chicago's stopper, blowing a slapshot past him at 15:53 for a two-goal margin. Undeterred, the Blackhawks cut it to 3-2 four minutes into the third when Bell blew a shot past Roloson from the blueline. Then came Calder, the replay and, finally, Smyth's winner.

"We sat back too much," Pisani said. "When we've got a team down by two goals we've got to keep pressing. We got caught sitting back and just trying to play defensive."

AROUND THE RINK: Before Vrbata's 1-1 goal, the Oilers had allowed just three power-play goals on 41 attempts in their last nine games, including a stretch of 28 straight penalty kills that ended in a 4-1 loss to Calgary.


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