Blackhawks 3, Oilers 2 (OT)

Jerry Bonkowski, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks' steamroller continues to roll along.
Marian Hossa scored at 1:44 in overtime to lift the NHL's No. 1 team to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night at the United Center.
Hossa was in the right place at the right time, slipping the puck past a sprawled Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin to improve Chicago to a 16-0-3 record, by far the best in the league.
And in so doing, the Hawks also extended their league record of at least one point in each of their first 19 games.
But it wasn't that easy, as Edmonton gave Chicago a strong test throughout the 61-plus minutes of play.
For example, it's rare when Chicago falls behind not once but twice in the same game, and that's exactly what happened Monday night.
First, Edmonton jumped out to a 1-0 lead, Chicago tied it and then Edmonton went back ahead early in the second period on the power play when Nail Yakupov scored his sixth goal of the season to give the persistent Oilers a 2-1 edge.
But once again, the Oilers' lead was wiped away at 2:24 of the third period when Viktor Stalberg scored his fifth goal of the season to tie it at 2.
The goal wasn't immediate, however, as officials had to view several angles of video replays to make sure the puck passed the goal line before referee Kelly Sutherland made the announcement that it indeed was a Chicago goal.
Both teams had chances in the third period to win, but strong defense on both sides of the puck ultimately forced the extra period.
Edmonton scored just 4:28 into the first period on defenseman Jeff Petry's first goal of the season -- in a short-handed situation, no less -- tipping in a rebound of an initial shot by Lennart Petrell.
Petrell's shot bounced forward off Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery, who wound up spread eagle on the ice, unable to get back to his feet in time to prevent Petry's easy loft shot into the net.
Edmonton's score appeared to get the Blackhawks both upset and fired up. Just over a minute later, Patrick Kane's power-play backhander got past Khabibulin to quickly erase Edmonton's early one-goal advantage. It was Kane's team-leading 10th goal of the season and ended a mini-slump in which he had not scored a goal since Feb. 10 at Nashville.
NOTES: Monday marked the final game of a season-high seven-game homestand for the Blackhawks. After a quick visit to St. Louis on Thursday, the Blackhawks will likely post their 200th straight home sellout at the United Center when they play host to the Blue Jackets, who they beat 1-0 Sunday, on Friday. ... Monday marked the first of a season-high nine-game road trip for the Oilers, who don't return home until March 15 against Detroit. Edmonton's second game on the lengthy road trip is Thursday at Dallas. ... Although Chicago came into Monday night's game with a 54-47-12-4 lead in the series with Edmonton (including 29-18-7-4 at home), Edmonton won the season series in 2011-12 at 3-1-0.

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