Oilers 4, Blackhawks 3, OT


CHICAGO – Ryan Smyth scored his second goal of the game during a power play at 3:18 of overtime, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

With Patrick Sharp off for slashing, Smyth took a pass from Ales Hemsky and beat Nikolai Khabibulin from the edge of the crease.

Chicago’s Kyle Calder scored from a sharp angle with 1:59 left in regulation to tie the game at 3. He slid a shot from near the goal line on left wing between Dwayne’s Roloson’s pads.

Smyth also had an assist as the Oilers strengthened their hold on a Western Conference playoff berth. Edmonton improved to 91 points and moved into sixth place, four points ahead of ninth-place Vancouver.

Hemsky and Fernando Pisani had power-play goals for Edmonton, which was 3-for-5 with the advantage. Roloson made 23 saves in his 16th straight start since arriving in a trade from Minnesota on March 7.

Radim Vrbata and Mark Bell had power-play goals for Chicago, which has won just three of 11.

Khabibulin made 35 saves, including several on point-blank chances.

Smyth opened the scoring 6:50 in during a delayed penalty call against Chicago.

After Khabibulin’s pad save on Shawn Horcoff’s drive, Smyth backhanded the rebound in between the goalie’s legs.

Vrbata’s power-play goal with 37 seconds left in the first period tied it 1-1. He fired in a screened shot from midway between the left circle and the point.

The Oilers took a 3-1 lead in the second with a pair of power-play goals.

Hemsky gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead during a 5-on-3 power play at 8:14. Khabibulin stopped Smyth’s goal-mouth deflection of Jarret Stoll’s shot from the point, but Hemsky popped in the rebound from the left side of the crease.

Pisani made it 3-1 with 4:07 left in the period. Bell’s power-play goal at 4:06 of the third cut it to 3-2.

The Oilers almost won it earlier in overtime when Pisani pushed the puck past Khabibulin’s glove and barely over the line. But the goal was disallowed after a video review.

Notes: The Blackhawks hope forward Tuomo Ruutu will return to the lineup next Tuesday at Minnesota. Ruutu has missed 34 games with severed tendons in his right ankle. Ruutu, sidelined for 25 games with a back injury earlier this season, has appeared in only 11 games. … Smyth extended his point streak to eight games. He has five goals and six assists during the span.

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