Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse checks Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews as goalie Mike Smith makes the save during first period NHL playoff action in Edmonton, Aug. 1, 2020.

Blackhawks 6, Oilers 4

Easy to imagine long-suffering fans of the Edmonton Oilers going, “We waited all summer for


The home-standing Oilers came out looking like deer in the headlights, allowing a pair of odd-man rushes after bad pinches in the first minute of play. That turned out to be a harbinger of things to come, as the Chicago Blackhawks attacked relentlessly and took advantage of numerous Edmonton mistakes to pound home four first-period goals to totally obliterate an early Oilers lead. Two more in the second stretched their advantage to 6-2, and the Hawks cruised from there. Two Edmonton goals in garbage time narrowed the final margin to 6-4, but the outcome was never in doubt.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal – Sports


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