- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) - Patrick O’Sullivan and Ales Kotalik scored in a shootout to give the Edmonton Oilers their third straight victory, 5-4 over the slumping Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Edmonton, 4-0-3 in its last seven games, strengthened its hold on seventh place in the Western Conference and closed within a point of sixth-place Columbus.

Dustin Penner had a goal and an assist in regulation, and Andrew Cogliano, Ethan Moreau and Sam Gagner also scored.

Chicago’s Martin Havlat and Dave Bolland each had a goal and an assist in regulation. Adam Burish and Cam Barker also scored for the Blackhawks, 0-3-2 in their last five.

Havlat’s goal at 7:23 of the third period tied it at 4 and set up overtime. Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson made 39 saves, including one on Jonathan Toews’ penalty shot with 7:07 left in regulation.

The Blackhawks’ winless streak is their longest this season. They’re 3-7-3 in their last 13. With a point, Chicago moved into a fourth-place tie with Vancouver in the Western Conference. Roloson extended a team record by making his 27th straight start.

Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 27 shots. He hasn’t won since Feb. 11 in Atlanta, when he sustained a groin injury that sidelined him for a month.

Chicago had won its three previous games against Edmonton this season, outscoring the Oilers 15-3.

Penner opened the scoring with a power-play goal 3:12 in. From the left edge of the crease, he tipped in Denis Grebeshkov’s crisp feed from the point.

Bolland tied it at 1 at 7:41, tipping in Brent Seabrook’s low drive from right point.

Cogliano restored Edmonton’s lead, 2-1, midway through the first when he took Liam Reddox’s long pass, slipped past Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith and broke in alone.

Burish tied it 2-all with 1:28 left in the first by converting a rebound of Brian Campbell’s shot from the right point.

Moreau was credited with a goal at 6:03 of the second that withstood a video review and gave Edmonton a 3-2 lead. Khabibulin stopped Moreau’s low shot, but the puck continued into the net as Penner crashed into the crease.

Roloson made several close-in saves to preserve the lead, including a diving stop on Campbell’s rebound attempt at 7:27.

Barker eventually tied at 3 during a 4-on-4 with 2:29 left in the period. After Roloson stopped Havlat’s point-blank attempt, Barker pinched in and converted the rebound.

Gagner scored on a breakaway exactly as a Chicago penalty expired 48 seconds later. Gagne skated in alone after waiting at the Chicago blue line and taking a long pass from Robert Nilsson.

Havlat tied it at 4 at 7:23 of the third by lofting in a rebound of Seabrook’s shot.

Toews was awarded his penalty shot with 7:07 left after being hooked from behind on a breakaway by Sheldon Souray. Roloson made a right pad save on Toews.

Edmonton failed to score on a power play that began with 21 seconds left in regulation and spilled into overtime.

Notes:@ Reddox had to be helped from the ice at 7:36 of the third after being hit by Chicago’s Ben Eager. … Opponents have opened the scoring in seven of Chicago’s last eight games. … The Oilers arrived at their Chicago hotel at 3 a.m. following an 8-1 win at Colorado on Thursday night. … Chicago RW Patrick Sharp missed his 16th game because of a left knee injury, but has resumed practicing. He has 23 goals in 54 games.

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