SUN Hockey Pool

Oilers not 'kiddin' around

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:17 AM ET

CHICAGO -- Blame it on the exuberance of youth.

Or perhaps the fact both teams are loaded with some of the most talented rookies in the NHL.

Yesterday the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks put on a show in an old-fashioned shootout in front of 20,619 at the United Center.

Andrew Cogliano scored on the last shot of the contest, with his second consecutive overtime winner giving the Oilers a 6-5 victory.

"It was last goal wins," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "It was a good, gratifying win to come in here and win both games on this road trip. It was a good energy-building win for us."

JUST YOUNGSTERS

The Oilers and the Blackhawks are two of the youngest teams in the league and yesterday that future talent was front and centre.

Each team took turns displaying it in a back-and-forth contest which saw the lead change hands four times.

"The kid line was exceptional from start to finish," MacTavish said.

"Both teams have really good bright futures with the young players that both teams have in the lineup and that creates some competitiveness between the young players on both teams to out-play the other guys."

In the end the Oilers' young guns got the best of the Blackhawks rookies.

Cogliano's winner was set up by Robert Nilsson who threaded a pass from the blue-line to his linemate giving the Oilers the victory.

"It was a nice play by Nilsson," Cogliano said. "He does a good job of finding guys going to the net. I was going back door and had an empty net and he just put it on my stick.

"Our line, we were just having fun out there and we were able to do good things for the team."

Dustin Penner started the madness on the power play with his 19th of the season.

Penner, 25, made the most of a fortunate bounce as the puck hit Duncan Keith's skate in the corner and bounced to the Oilers forward in front of the net where he slipped it by goaltender Patrick Lalime.

The Blackhawks tied the game as Patrick Sharp took a pass from Jonathan Toews on a two-on-one rush and one-timed it just over the glove of Oilers goaltender Mathieu Garon.

In the second, Keith scored to give the Blackhawks the lead, snapping a shot over the shoulder of Garon on the power play.

The Oilers got caught scrambling as Kyle Brodziak and Jarret Stoll went in on a short-handed two-on-one rush, but failed to connect and both were trapped in the Blackhawks zone as the play came the other way.

Curtis Glencross then scored his ninth goal of the season, collecting a drop pass from Marc Pouliot, who took a hit to deliver it, cutting to the net, stepping around a sprawling James Wisniewski and firing it over the shoulder of Lalime.

Later in the period, Jason Williams restored the Blackhawks lead, however, Robert Nilsson sent the teams into the intermission tied, getting a loose puck in front and lifting it over the Blackhawks goaltender.

Sam Gagner, who picked up an assist on the play, had lost the puck to Keith, but did enough to harass the Blackhawks defenceman, creating the turnover.

Marty Reasoner scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, getting a loose puck in front, spinning and beating Lalime short side.

Robert Lang tied the game on the power-play later in the period after a questionable hooking call on Zack Stortini.

The Blackhawks forward snapped a shot past a screened Garon who had Andrew Ladd standing in his kitchen.

Reasoner had a chance to put the Oilers up again but was robbed by Lalime on a setup by Glencross in front.

"Marty played well," MacTavish said. "He had a month's full of chances in one game."

Less than a minute later, however, Andrew Cogliano did score, taking a feed from Gagner, who threaded the needle from behind the net.

Dustin Byfuglien tied the game later in the period forcing overtime when he knocked a puck down with his glove in front then saw Oilers defenceman Steve Staios sweep it off Garon and into the net.

BATTLE MODE

"We enjoyed the game," said Gagner.

"The games are a battle at this time of year and they're one of the teams we're battling for a playoff spot. We were having fun out there and creating chances. It was good to get the win."


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