Blackhawks 0, Oilers 0
Dec. 18, 1997
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Goaltenders Curtis Joseph and Jeff Hackett dueled for 65 minutes and the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks played to a 0-0 tie Wednesday night.
Joseph made 28 saves to earn his third shutout of the season for the Oilers. Hackett, playing in overtime for the second consecutive night, made 30 stops for his second shutout for the Blackhawks, both on the road.
Edmonton's only other scoreless tie was Dec. 10, 1996, when Joseph blanked the Detroit Red Wings. Chicago last did it with Tony Esposito in net on Dec. 19, 1979, against Pittsburgh.
Joseph made the biggest saves of the first period even though the Blackhawks managed just eight shots. Joseph thwarted Greg Johnson on a breakaway with a glove save, then stood his ground when Alexei Zhamnov broke through a pair of Edmonton defenders.
Hackett saw just six shots in the first, with the Oilers' best chance coming after Boris Mironov dodged past Michal Sykora only to be stopped by the Chicago goaltender.
In the early moments of the second period, Tony Amonte was robbed from the edge of the crease when Joseph slid across and stacked his pads. The remainder of the period was controlled by offsides and icings.
Defenseman Keith Carney had one of the best chances of the third period. Carney took a behind-the-net pass from Brent Sutter in the slot, but Joseph knocked the high shot away with a lunging glove save.
With less than five minutes left in the third, Smyth and Kovalenko broke in on a 2-on-1, but Smyth misfired at an empty net and the puck slid through the crease.