DeBrincat helps Blackhawks top Oilers to win 4th straight

Blackhawks 4 Oilers 3

CHICAGO — Alex DeBrincat scored two goals, rookie Adam Boqvist had two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Thursday night.

It was the fourth straight victory for the Blackhawks, who climbed within four points of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 20 saves.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Josh Archibald and Kailer Yamamoto had goals for Edmonton, which had its three-game winning streak ended. The Oilers remained two points behind Pacific Division leader Vegas. Leon Draisaitl had two assists, pushing his league-leading points total to 110.

DeBrincat got his second two-goal game in the last seven with his scores in the second period, the second of which made it 4-1. It also prompted Edmonton coach Dave Tippett to pull goaltender Mike Smith in favour of Mikko Koskinen. Smith allowed four goals on 21 shots, while Koskinen made 10 saves.

DeBrincat had given the Blackhawks a three-goal lead 4:59 into the second with a 50-foot shot that Smith never saw, thanks to an inadvertent screen by defenceman Matt Benning.

Kane found an opening on the short left wing and rifled the puck over a sprawled Smith for his 30th goal of the season with 5:26 left in the first.

Chicago took a 2-0 lead on Toews’ wraparound score 47 seconds into the second. Boqvist, who entered the game with only seven assists in 39 games, earned the first of his two assists with a crisp feed to Toews.

The Oilers rallied in the third period with a pair of goals in 49 seconds. Archibald and Yamamoto beat Crawford from the right slot, with Yamamoto’s goal — which trimmed Chicago’s lead to a goal — needing confirmation from NHL replay officials.

NOTES: Chicago D Lucas Carlsson was hit in the head by a shot from Edmonton’s Kris Russell midway through the second period and did not return. … Kane’s goal marked his fifth season of 30 or more goals in his 13-year career. Four of those seasons are in the last five. … The Blackhawks are 5-1 when Kane and Toews, their two star forwards, score in the same game this season. … Edmonton D Mike Green missed his fifth game with a knee injury. … Oilers D William Lagesson and Chicago D Nick Seeler each were healthy scratches for the fourth straight game.

UP NEXT

Oilers: host Columbus on Saturday night.

Blackhawks: at Detroit on Friday night.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Many parents want school back to normal in September

More than 66,000 parents respond to survey

Trudeau balks at Trump’s suggestion to readmit Russia to G7

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rejecting Donald Trump’s latest proposal… Continue reading

Peaceful anti-racism protest scheduled in Red Deer Monday at noon

A peaceful protest is scheduled at noon at Red Deer City Hall… Continue reading

Sylvan Lake RCMP put out call to help find missing man

Vehicle found in Rocky Mountain House area

Feelings of guilt are behind America’s racial anguish

It’s been a bad week in the United States: six nights of… Continue reading

Canada’s Olympic, Paralympic athletes return to sport with help of $5 million

TORONTO — Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes will return to sport with… Continue reading

MLS players agree to concessions to return to action at Orlando tournament

TORONTO — MLS players have approved taking part in a summer tournament… Continue reading

Ricky Martin makes ‘Pausa’ to channel newly found anxiety

NEW YORK — The world paused and for the first time in… Continue reading

A superhero kid with autism shines in new PBS Kids’ series

NEW YORK — There’s a new crop of superheroes coming to our… Continue reading

SpaceX’s historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station

SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically

Ottawa pledges millions to promote holiday travel in Canada during pandemic

Funding announced include $30 million originally earmarked for attracting foreign visitors

Most Read