Leon Draisaitl scored twice and Cam Talbot made 31 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 Monday night at Rogers Place.
Connor McDavid said the team had to be tough on defence, especially against a team like Chicago.
“We knew they were not gonna quit and make a comeback. They did it against Vancouver the game before so we stayed focused and ready to go and a big goal by Slep and we were able to kind of hold it down and Talbs did a great job making a few big saves.”
Oscar Klefbom opened the scoring just 2:39 into the game, driving a slap shot through Corey Crawford. In the final minute of the period, Klefbom’s shot on the power play was deflected in by Leon Draisaitl. Connor McDavid assisted on both goals.
The second period was punctuated by a huge body check by Kris Russell. The Oilers defenceman flattened Tyler Motte along the boards with 11:12 left in the frame. Andrej Sekera made it 3-0 with a screen shot with 7.6 seconds to go in the second. The goal was scored just as a Chicago penalty expired.
Anton Slepyshev made it 4-0 with a short side wrister in the third. Draisaitl added a late power play goal.
“We actually had a montage of chances that we’ve had over the last four or five games” said head coach Todd McLellan of the two power play goals. “Posts, open nets, you look at how many opportunities Ebs had tonight as well. There could’ve been a couple more, but you put all of those together and the power play looks at it and goes, geez, you know, what we are creating opportunities, it’s gotta go in eventually.”
The Oilers improve to 11-8-1 on the season. They’ll visit Colorado on Wednesday. (jrw)