Back-to-back bites Blackhawks in loss to Oilers

Antti Raanta didn't see a lot of offense from his teammates as his five-start win streak ended. Andy Devlin/NHLI/Getty Images

EDMONTON, Alberta -- After goaltending saved them Thursday in Minnesota, the Chicago Blackhawks weren't treated to the same experience in Edmonton on Friday.

The offense wasn't there, either, as the Blackhawks could muster only 21 shots on Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens in a 5-2 defeat.

Antti Raanta got a rare start between the pipes for the Hawks in place of Corey Crawford, giving up four goals on 21 shots.

"I've played better games," Raanta said. "The first goal was a bouncing puck and it just stayed loose and they had an empty net. With the game-winning goal, if you let the rebound go straight to guys like that, you have to recover and seal everything.

"You can't give up that goal. It's a bad feeling."

Raanta, who is 6-3 this season, saw a five-game winning streak end, though Friday marked his first start since a Dec. 21 shutout of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"He hasn't played in a while, but that's generally the case when he plays, when he jumps in," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "It's just one of those games."

A prompt response by the Oilers to a Blackhawks score was a recurring theme, as Chicago gave up goals 1 minute, 18 seconds and 46 seconds, respectively, after going up 1-0 in the first and after tying the game 2-2 in the second.

"We got a bit of momentum with the first goal, then you quickly let them get back into it. You have to make those saves when the team needs you," Raanta said. "Sometimes there are not a lot of shots, so you just need to stay big and make your saves. Today wasn't that day."

The loss after scoring first was a rarity for the Blackhawks, who entered Friday with an 18-4-0 mark in such scenarios.

"It was flip-flopped tonight," said Brandon Saad, who accounted for both Chicago goals by poking nearly identical rebounds past Scrivens. "We haven't had the best of starts but we've finished strong. Tonight was the opposite. It's a tough loss."

The Oilers have shown signs of turning a poor season around, moving to 3-1-2 in their past six games. Center Derek Roy put up a goal and two assists in the victory, giving him two goals and three assists in six games since Edmonton acquired him in a Dec. 29 trade with Nashville for Mark Arcobello.

"They're playing better. They're in the game and checking well and they're playing to score," Quenneville said. "We gave up a couple funny goals tonight. Coming out of the first period down 2-1, we weren't out of the game by any stretch of the imagination. I thought [at] 2-2 we were in a good spot, and the third one was a tough one. I didn't like our response at all.

"They played more as a team and worked hard. They always had the skill and they still do, you can see how they finished plays, but they work hard and compete."

The Blackhawks are now 5-3 in the second game of back-to-back sets and 9-6-1 overall when playing on consecutive days this season. Trying travel from Minnesota had the Hawks feeling the effects of the road trip, but players and coaches say they can't allow such things to be a factor.

"Back-to-back games we're generally better than this," Quenneville said. "It's no excuse."

"It's part of the NHL and part of the league and schedule," Saad said. "We can blame it on that, but at the same time we got outworked tonight."

The Blackhawks return to the United Center to begin a four-game homestand Sunday against the Minnesota Wild.