Thursday, February 10, 2011

Blackhawks down Oil

Patrick Kane scored twice for the Blackhawks to move past the Oilers with a 4-1 victory at, Rexall Place during a penalty filled match. Last night, the lowly Edmonton Oilers collected 8 consecutive penalties including 2 game misconducts for Peckham and Cogliano for chirping at the zebras, early in the 3rd.

The pair sat side-by-side in the bin after, Kane picked up his first goal of the night on the power play to make it 3 nothing.

"I don't usually get after the refs but when you're going against the No.1 power play in the league (six times) you get a little bit frustrated..."I've never seen two guys get 10 minutes on one player, but that's what we saw tonight". said Cogliano.

Peckham also chimed on the situation, yet noted that it was act of pure frustration, which hit their threshold.

"I've been given a lot of 10s and I don't think I deserved there. Six straight calls on you in a row and you're going to get pretty frustrated.  I guess he (referee) felt I crossed the line and gave us both 10's.

The plus side for Oilers was their penalty killing.  The squad managed to keep the dangerous Hawks to outside and only allowed for one goal to bleed through Dubnyk.  Without the help of Dubnyk's stellar play, the game could've been much worse for a team who didn't show up for their 1st of 6 home games; and one can hardly blame the referees for their lack of effort.

"The penalties loomed large, but from my perspective it had a little to do with the game we were playing,”  said acting Head Coach Ralph Krueger, "We were deserving of most of that. When they came with their A game very high speed, very high tempo, we took some unnecessary penalties. It puts us on our heels the whole time. We can’t be pleased with that.”

With under 4 minutes remaining in the 3rd, Jordan Eberle broke Corey Crawford's goose-egg by wiring a loose rebound from the slot. With momentum on their side,  Krueger, pulled Dubnyk for the 6th attacker, however  Kane scooped the puck at center and casually potted his second of the night to make it a 4-1 victory 

The Oilers will now host their basement dwelling counterparts, the Ottawa Senators this Saturday, which can be seen on HNIC

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