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Oilers Respond, McDavid Scores Hat Trick to Beat Blackhawks 6-3 in Game 2

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On the back of Connor McDavid’s hat trick (three goals on three shots), the Edmonton Oilers were able to work their way out of an early hole and tie their series with the Chicago Blackhawks at 1-1.

James Neal proved effective and said of the effort, “We came out a lot more desperate.” Neal scored a goal and an assist. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had three assists in the win. Alex Chiasson had a goal and one assist.

The Oilers outshot the Blackhawks 36-25 and out-hit the Hawks 27-10.

Ennis said, “We were embarrassed after Game 1.” He added, “We knew what we had to do.” He said Connor set the tone for the team and gave them a spark. McDavid said it’s cliche, but it was about keeping things simple.

*Side note: McDavid said he found the hats unnecessary when the arena staff threw hats on the ice to give the game a “more real” feel. He said, “Just drop the puck and let’s keep playing.” Needless to say, we might not see that in the future.

Game Notes:

This game was going to be about a better performance for the Oilers versus the Blackhawks trying to create a situation that was going to be hard for the Oilers to rebound from. The Oilers got off to an early start with a quick goal by Connor McDavid. Seconds later, he scored another one and it was easy to see McDavid was out to set the tone and avoid a repeat performance of Game 1.

The Oilers couldn’t completely put the stomp on the Blackhawks though as Patrick Kane scored to bring the game back to within one. The second half of the period saw no scoring.

In the second, Edmonton got another quick one off the stick of Tyler Ennis. Again, Chicago closed the gap to within one when Slater Koekkoek scored about three minutes later. Edmonton got called for successive penalties and were able to kill both off effectively, limiting Chicago’s chances. With 5 minutes left in the second, the shot count favored Edmonton 24-16. But second later, the Blackhawks squeaked one through on a puck that hit defenseman Kris Russell. Game tied 3-3. On the power play, McDavid scored his first playoff hat trick goal, putting the Oilers up 4-3.

A double-minor penalty for high-sticking was called back when it was deemed Riley Sheahan had inadvertently struck Zack Kassian and with 2:20 left, both teams played 5-on-5 until the Blackhawks got a power play that would continue into the final frame.

The Oilers entered the third needing to hold off the pushing Blackhawks. Two big goals by the fourth line put Edmonton up 6-3. It was James Neal with his second of the series, followed by Alex Chiasson 40 seconds later.

That was all the Oilers needed to take the game home and tie the series at one game each.

Final Score

BLACKHAWKS

OILERS

3

6

 

Scoring Summary:

Period 1

Goal

Assists

0:19 Connor McDavid (2)  Darnell Nurse (1), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (3)
4:05 – Connor McDavid (3)  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (4)
9:06 – Patrick Kane (1) Alex DeBrincat (1)

Period 2

Goal

Assists

1:44 – Tyler Ennis (1)
4:22 – Slater Koekkoek (1) Alex DeBrincat (2), Kirby Dach (1)
15-:13 – Olli Maatta (1) Kirby Dach (3)
17:10 – Connor McDavid (4) (PP) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (5), Alex Chiasson (1)

Period 3

Goal

Assists

7:25 – James Neal (2)
8:05 – Alex Chiasson (1) James Neal (1)

 

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