Edmonton
Oilers
38-35-9
Chicago
Blackhawks
46-24-12

23 SOG
30 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
EDM
CHI
game recap

Blackhawks 3, Oilers 0

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:56 AM

Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com

Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin earned his 39th career NHL shutout and Patrick Sharp netted his sixth goal of the young season as the Blackhawks defeated Edmonton 3-0 Wednesday, ending the Oilers’ season-opening four-game winning streak.

“He’s been very good,” said Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville of his starting goaltender, who has now started four regular-season games after not playing at all during the preseason. “It’s nice to see a guy who was off for an extended period to come back with a great response.”

Sharp led off the scoring on the Hawks’ first power play of the night, 2:36 in the first, with a snap shot past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson. Brent Seabrook ended the period with a shorthanded goal off a nice feed from Dave Bolland to make the score 2-0 heading into the first intermission.

“Our power play’s been good the past couple of games; We’re just trying to focus getting the puck in the net and it’s finding a way to go in.” said Sharp, “Shorthanded, Bolland and [Kris Versteeg] created a bunch of chances. It was great to score the three goals, and of course Nik stood on his head.”

Defenseman Aaron Johnson, who has been solid defensively all year, capped the scoring on a slap shot near Edmonton’s blue line in the second period.

“I think the whole team worked well,” said Khabibulin. “Edmonton’s a fast team and I thought we outskated them tonight. Overall, I think it was probably one of the better games of the year for us.”

The Hawks have now earned points in all three games since Quenneville took over as head coach.

“We’ve had three good games, but I thought this was our best,” said Quenneville. “In all areas we were strong; our special teams were really good.”

But the story of the night was Khabibulin, who has working in tandem all season long with fellow goaltender Cristobal Huet. Khabibulin was named the game’s first star, saving 23 shots on the night.

“It lookls pretty good right now,” said Sharp of the goalie tandem. “Every night we’ve got a number one goalie in there. It seems like it doesn’t matter who’s in the net; we’re going to get a good effort.”

The Hawks will need everyone at their best for their next opponent, the defending champion Detroit Red Wings, who visit the United Center Saturday night.

“We have a couple of big games against them this year,” said Quenneville, alluding to the Winter Classic game that will be held at Wrigley Field on January 1. “I’m looking forward to it.”

scoring summary
1st Period
02:36
CHI
PPG - Patrick Sharp (5) Snap shot - ASST: Jonathan Toews (4)
1 - 0 CHI
18:35
CHI
SHG - Brent Seabrook (2) Snap shot - ASST: Dave Bolland (3), Kris Versteeg (6)
2 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
12:17
CHI
Aaron Johnson (1) Slapshot - ASST: Marty Havlat (4), Patrick Sharp (5)
3 - 0 CHI
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:20
EDM
Zack Stortini  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
04:48
CHI
Marty Havlat  Hooking against  Fernando Pisani
07:57
CHI
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
07:57
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
13:19
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Hooking against  Duncan Keith
16:03
CHI
Colin Fraser  Fighting (maj) against  Ladislav Smid
16:03
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Fighting (maj) against  Colin Fraser
18:17
CHI
Ben Eager  Hi stick - double minor against  Zack Stortini
2nd Period
08:17
CHI
Kris Versteeg  Hi-sticking against  Shawn Horcoff
14:29
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Tripping against  Erik Cole
3rd Period
09:29
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Roughing against  Troy Brouwer
09:29
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Roughing against  Troy Brouwer
09:29
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Roughing against  Ethan Moreau
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .900SH: 2 - 3
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1