Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his seocnd goal in the 3rd period against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on October 18 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Vs. Oilers: Marian Hossa Returns, But Hawks Lose Again

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ANALYSIS: Brian Campbell Says Blackhawks Aren't Working Hard Enough

The Blackhawks lost for the second time in nine days to one of the worst teams in the league, the Edmonton Oilers — a team that had won only three road games since last December before coming into the friendly (for them) United Center, this time by allowing two goals within the span of 14 seconds in the third period. Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell didn’t mince words:

‘’Obviously we didn’t get the job done tonight, and that is getting a little old,‘’ defenseman Brian Campbell said. ’’Losing two games to these guys in our own building is not a good thing. Losing two games to any team in our own building in a matter of two weeks … it’s unacceptable. We’ve got to get a little mad in this locker room and go out there and win some more battles.’’

Here’s more from Campbell via CSN Chicago:

The Blackhawks will host the Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.


Blackhawks' Fate Sealed By Two Oilers Goals Within 14 Seconds In Third Period

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Sam Gagner and Kurtis Foster scored in the third period to lift the Edmonton Oilers over the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1, at the United Center.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 26 saves for the Oilers, who snapped a two-game skid.

Fernando Pisani lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, who have lost three of four. Chicago forward Marian Hossa was back in the lineup for the first time in six games after suffering an upper-body injury versus the Kings on October 27.

Corey Crawford turned aside 24-of-26 shots in defeat.

Chicago drew first blood at the 10:22 mark of the first period. Jack Skille stole the puck away from two Edmonton players behind the net. Pisani took a pass from Skille at the right circle and fired a shot past Khabibulin.

Crawford, who made nine saves in the first, turned aside eight shots in the second. Khabibulin also made eight saves during a scoreless second stanza.

Foster’s power-play goal at the 7:13 mark of the third made it a 1-1 game. His slap shot from along the right boards snuck past Crawford.

Gagner gave the Oilers a 2-1 edge just 14 seconds later. Dustin Penner fired a shot on net from the left circle. Gagner, positioned at the right side of the net, chipped the disc into the back of the net.

Khabibulin made nine saves in the third to preserve the victory.

Game Notes

Edmonton forwards Steve McIntyre (back), Theo Peckham (flu-like symptoms), and Jean-Francois Jacques (back surgery) missed the game…The Oilers started a five-game road trip on Sunday…Edmonton snapped a four-game skid to Chicago with a 7-4 win in Chicago on October 29.


Blackhawks Vs. Oilers Preview: Marian Hossa Returns

The Blackhawks can be forgiven if they experience a bit of déjà vu tonight at the United Center.

The Edmonton Oilers were visitors at the UC just a week ago Friday when they took advantage of some poor goaltending by Marty Turco, who gave up four goals in 12 shots before being replaced by Corey Crawford. The Blackhawks eventually lost 7-4 to a team that had one of the league's worst road records over the last calendar year.

Tonight, they'll try it again, with some good news: winger Marian Hossa is expected back from injury:

Winger Marian Hossa, who hasn't played since suffering an upper-body injury Oct. 27 against the Los Angeles Kings, is expected to return. Before being injured when he collided with the Kings' Jarret Stoll along the boards, Hossa was arguably the Hawks' top player this season with seven goals and four assists in 11 games.

The Blackhawks' 8-7-1 record includes a losing mark at home, only four wins in nine home games. They'll need to start improving that soon; they play three home games this week before leaving on the traditional fall "Circus Trip" to the West Coast starting on Nov. 17.

Tonight's game begins at 6 p.m. CST (did you remember to turn your clocks back?) and will be televised on WGN-TV (Chicago only).

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