Oilers fall short in Chicago

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta (31) is congratulated by center Jonathan Toews (19) for a...

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta (31) is congratulated by center Jonathan Toews (19) for a victory against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Oilers 5-3. Jan 12, 2014 in Chicago, IL, USA.(Rob Grabowski/USA TODAY Sports)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

CHICAGO -

The Chicago Blackhawks spotted Edmonton 20 minutes and even scored one of the Oilers goals for them, and it still wasn’t enough for the beleaguered visitors to manage an upset.

Chicago scored five goals over the final 40 minutes, one of them a 200-footer into their own net, to turn a 1-1 tie into a 5-3 lesson in hockey the United Center.

The Oilers, outshot 41-19, dropped to 15-28-5 on the season while Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak to up their record to 30-8-10.

With the Oilers riding high after beating Pittsburgh 4-3 on Friday, it was close early on, 1-1 at the first intermission after Ales Hemsky drove the net and scored at 6:08 and Ben Smith tied it at 14:26.

The Hawks pulled away for good in the second period, taking advantage of one of those classic Edmonton Oilers lulls where they spend a giant gap of time scrambling around their own end in a fruitless attempt to break up the other team’s cycle.


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