Hawks have way with Oilers

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Why do they call Chicago the Windy City?

The Oilers are the ones who blew last night.

Out for revenge against a team that beat them 9-2 in their last visit here, the Oilers didn't get it.

What they did get was windburn -- and their third loss of the season to Chicago.

This time it was 3-1, a score that flattered Edmonton like they were the last girl left at five minutes to closing time.

They're simply not in the same league as the speedy, highly skilled Blackhawks, who've fired 115 shots at Edmonton and outscored them 15-3 in nine periods this year.

Edmonton somehow managed a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes on Ethan Moreau's fluke goal from behind the net. Moreau flipped a puck that banked off Chicago defenceman Brian Campbell's chest, off goalie Cristobal Huet's back and over the goal line at 4:48.

Despite being outshot 14-7, they led 1-0. But they could only defy momentum for so long. The flow of play caught up with them, passed them by and left them sucking wind.

Chicago outshot Edmonton 18-6 in the second period (11-1 through the first 5:34) and went up 2-1 on goals from Cam Barker and Dave Bolland.

Edmonton didn't register its 10th shot on net until the 12:35 mark of the second period.

In the third period, when the Oilers were supposed to be fighting to tie it, they posted three shots in the first 10 minutes.

Dwayne Roloson kept the Oilers alive for as long as he could, but Chicago finally put it away at 9:50 with Martin Havlat's insurance goal.

Elsewhere on the bad news front, Lubomir Visnovsky left midway through the third period, clutching his arm.

EX-BEAR MAKES GOOD

Oilers assistant coach Billy Moores is thrilled for new Ottawa Senators bench boss Cory Clouston, who played for Moores' Alberta Golden Bears in the early '90s.

"You have to respect the fact the guy has worked that hard," said Moores, who remembers Clouston as an attentive, hard-working player.

"He's done a good job wherever he's been. That's the key, wherever you are do the best you can and then people start talking about you and that's obviously what happened with him, that's why he's getting the opportunity."

He's not the first ex-Bear to move on to the coaching ranks, a trend that Moores says is no accident.

"We had a lot of practice time in university hockey, you break it down on the ice. You get a chance to actually execute the things you think are important and you get them to repeat them a lot."

Clouston, who lost his NHL coaching debut 1-0 last night, is going into a tough situation, but Moores believes he's tough enough to handle it.

"He was a hard player. He felt good about himself and was very confident in his own abilities.

"That's his style and he's made it this far with it. He's got to be true to himself."


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