Blackhawks 7, Oilers 0
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Patrick Poulin’s two goals highlighted a four-goal first period to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 7-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.
Attendance was announced at 10,497, but the 16,600-seat Coliseum was half-empty for the Blackhawks’ humiliation of the struggling Oilers. Edmonton has now lost five in a row after opening the season with consecutive wins.
Chicago put the game away during a four-minute stretch in the first period when it scored four times, including back-to-back goals from Poulin. Chicago had just six shots in the opening period and 22 in the game.
Former Oiler Joe Murphy, with his first of two in the game, began the Blackhawks’ assault at 4:27 with a power-play goal. Murphy was left unguarded at the edge of the Edmonton crease when Bernie Nicholls spotted him and fed a pass from the end boards. Murphy knocked the pass down with his skate and ripped a shot between goaltender Bill Ranford’s legs.
Brent Sutter gave Chicago a 2-0 lead at 5:40 of the first. His shot from inside the face-off circle dribbled between Ranford’s pads.
Twelve seconds later, Poulin scored his first of the night when Jeremy Roenick _ who had four assists in the game _ spotted the forward alone in front of the Edmonton net. Ranford, who was pulled by coach George Burnett after the goal, was out of position and Poulin easily hit the wide-open net.
Poulin notched his second of the first period on a pretty tip-in at the top of the Oiler crease. With his back to back-up Fred Bratwaite, Poulin tipped a Roenick shot into the bottom right-hand corner.
Tony Amonte had the sixth Blackhawks’ goal, which came on the power play late in the second period. Defenseman Chris Chelios added another power-play goal in the third.
The game was boistrous throughout, with Chicago goaltender Ed Belfour even drawing a major penalty when he hacked Edmonton’s Dean McAmmond.