Just 16 seconds earlier, it appeared that Fernando Pisani slid
the puck past Khabibulin's glove and barely over the goal line. But
the goal was disallowed after a video review.
"We battled through a little adversity," Smyth said. "That's
what you have to do. You have to fight through adversity at this
stage of the game and find ways to win. We have a great character
Even Chicago coach Trent Yawney believed Pisani had won it.
"I thought it was in," Yawney said. "The guys were saying it
was. I guess (Khabibulin's) glove made it inconclusive."
It was the second straight game in which the Oilers had a key
goal disallowed. In a 2-1 shootout loss at Minnesota on Thursday,
an apparent short-handed tally by Michael Peca early in the second
period was waved off.
Chicago's Kyle Calder scored from a sharp angle with 1:59 left
in regulation to tie Friday's game at 3. He slid a shot from near
the goal line on left wing between Dwayne's Roloson's pads.
"Flukey goal, their third goal, but nonetheless they pushed us
into overtime, Smyth said. "We'll take the win."
Smyth also had an assist as the Oilers improved to 91 points and
moved into sixth place in the Western Conference, four points ahead
of ninth-place Vancouver.
"He was unbelievable again," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish
said of Smyth. "He's more dominant now than at any point in his
career. It couldn't come at a better time.
"This win is huge for us emotionally. It would have been very
demoralizing for us to come out of here with anything less than two
Hemsky and 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.
Eleven of Chicago's last 12 games have been decided by one goal,
with the Blackhawks winning just four. For the season, they are
12-26 in one-goal games.
"Twenty-six one-goal losses, that's really frustrating,"
Calder said, "especially when we battle so hard."
Khabibulin made 35 saves, including several on point-blank
Smyth opened the scoring 6:50 in during a delayed penalty call
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
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 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. ... Calder's goal was
his career-high 22nd.
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Arena: United Center Location: Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Paul Devorski, Dean Warren Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 14,280 (72.4% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Ryan Smyth (36)
Assists: Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky
Radim Vrbata (12)
(Power Play) Assists: Mark Bell, Brent Seabrook
Ales Hemsky (17)
(Power Play) Assists: Ryan Smyth, Jarret Stoll
Fernando Pisani (17)
(Power Play) Assists: Chris Pronger, Raffi Torres
Mark Bell (24)
(Power Play) Assists: Radim Vrbata, Brent Seabrook
Kyle Calder (22)
Ryan Smyth (37)
(Power Play) Assists: Ales Hemsky, Jaroslav Spacek