|Goaltender||GAA / SV%||% Games Won of Total GP|
|Edmonton Oilers||Mikko Koskinen||3.05 / .885||.585|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Corey Crawford||6.10 / .829||.514|
The Oilers and the Blackhawks will fight for a series-leading game on Wednesday night. After taking game one, the Blackhawks fell to the Oilers by a similar score, evening up the series.
The Edmonton Oilers, this time, defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 6-3 to tie the series, one game to one. Edmonton opted to started Mikko Koskinen in Game 2, after (regrettably) going with Mike Smith. It only took 19 seconds this time for Connor McDavid to give the Oilers (another) early lead. An early stop by Koskinen held off a point-black shot by Jonathan Toews and kept the score at 1-0. Not long after, specifically the 4:05 mark of the first, McDavid tallied his second of the night to add to the Oilers’ lead. Two of the first three shots against Crawford ended up behind the goal line. Five minutes and one second later, Patrick Kane halved the Oilers lead with his first goal of the post-season. Tyler Ennis, at the 1:44 mark of the middle frame, scored to make it 3-1, Oilers. Chicago defensemen Slater Koekkoek and Olli Maata scored back-to-back goals to tie the game, but a late second-period power play for Edmonton handed McDavid his 3rd of the evening to break the tie.
On Monday, both Evgeny Svechnikov and McDavid tallied hat-tricks in their respective matches. The Oilers would go 1-for-5 with the man-advantage, and the Blackhawks were unable to convert on any of their four power plays. The third period featured two more Edmonton goals, one by James Neal to mark his 2nd of the post-season, and another by Stanley Cup Champion Alex Chiasson, less than a minute apart. The Blackhawks were held to just 26 shots on goal, and with a six-spot by Edmonton, Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford ended his night with a .829 save percentage. More than half of the Hawks’ team ended with negative +/- ratings, with Dylan Strome bottoming out at a -4. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tallied three assists, all of which came on McDavid’s three goals.
TXHT’s Top Takeaways
- The Edmonton Oilers should continue to lean on the goaltending of Mikko Koskinen.
- Whoever wins game 3, will win the series.
- Connor McDavid.
The Edmonton Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks will play Game 3 of the Qualifiers on Wednesday August 5th, at 10:30pm EST in Edmonton at Rogers Place.