By Chris Kuc
11:14 PM PST, February 3, 2009
That's what happened to the Edmonton Oilers the last time the Blackhawks visited Rexall Place. The Oilers made it clear early in Tuesday night's rematch that they weren't going to allow the Hawks' offense the same kind of opportunities.
Still, the Hawks battled through the tight-checking game and got a goal and assist each from Dave Bolland and Martin Havlat and a power-play score from Cam Barker in a 3-1 victory before a crowd of 16,839.
The victory improved the Hawks' record on their eight-game trip to 3-1 and snapped goaltender Cristobal Huet's personal two-game skid.
"We always come to play against these guys, I don't know why that is," Barker said about the Hawks' third victory of the season over the Oilers.
"It was a lot different game than the last time we were in here, but we're happy with the two points."
Edmonton opened the scoring early in the first period when Ethan Moreau scored at the 4-minute-48-second mark. From behind the goal, the former Hawk flipped the puck over the net and off Huet's back.
But the Hawks scored the next three and Huet was solid as the Hawks improved to 14-9-3 away from home.
The Hawks took advantage of a power play to even the score at 1-1 early in the second. With Moreau in the box for interference, Brian Campbell found Barker with a pass and the defenseman blasted a one-timer from just inside the blue line past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.
The goal, which came with teammate Jonathan Toews providing traffic in front, was Barker's fourth this season, all with the man advantage.
In the second, Bolland gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead late in the period. With Andrew Ladd providing a screen, the center rifled a shot from just above the right circle past Roloson.
"Roloson is a good goalie," Bolland said. "We had 41 shots on him. You have to get people in front of him. You have to stay patient and not get frustrated."
Havlat's goal midway through the third put the Hawks ahead 3-1. The veteran winger wrapped the puck around the right post and through Roloson's pads.
The Hawks have outscored the Oilers 15-3 in the three meetings between the teams, including the 9-2 drubbing Dec. 16.
"We were down 1-0 but we liked the way we played [in the first]," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We had the puck a lot. The third goal turned out to be a big one for us and Huet made two huge stops in the third."
Huet finished with 20 saves to improve to 13-9-3 this season.
"We played hard and I tried to make the few saves I had to make in the third to help us win the game," Huet said.
"They're a desperate team. They had some opportunities in the first. [Then] we took over the game. We skated very well and won a lot of battles and put a lot of shots on Roloson. [It was] just a very complete game on the road."
The Hawks continue their trip, the longest in the NHL this season and second-longest in franchise history, Thursday night when they travel to Calgary to face the Flames.
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