Before we start, take a look at this hilarious video (courtesy of our pal @LevNaginsky ) of Corey Crawford being, uh……hilarious. Corey Crawford is now providing you quality goaltending and zany physical comedy. What a guy.

We will now proceed with your regular wrap:

Things went exceeding well tonight for the Blackhawks despite Joel Quenneville selecting the second, third, and fourth lines by picking names out of a hat and Iron Man Corey Crawford dressing for the fifteenth consecutive fucking game. The Hawks jumped all over the Oilers right off the bat and didn’t take their foot off the neck of the Oilers until they were up by four goals. This game felt out of reach for the Oilers only halfway through the first period when Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane struck within three minutes of each other to give the Hawks an early lead. They would go on to dominate the rest of the period and could have led by even more had Devan Dubynk not made several big saves.

For the Oilers, the first six minutes of the second period somehow managed to go worse than the first half of the opening twenty minutes. A fluke goal just over a minute in was followed five minutes later by a beautiful odd man rush led by Jeremy Morin. Morin drew Dubnyk and Andrew Ference to him on the left side and slipped the puck to a wide open Andrew Shaw in the slot for a tap in goal. Dallas Eakins mercifully pulled Dubnyk following the tally and Ilya Bryzgalov entered in relief. For Bryzgalov, it was his first NHL action since being bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers in the offseason. Bryzgalov performed well, stopping 12 of the 13 shots that came his way. Andrew Shaw’s second goal in the third was a neat deflection which Bryzgalov never really had a change to stop.

The third period saw a cautious Hawks team clearly looking forward to getting out of the building and Edmonton in general. The key takeaway here is that the Oilers were never competitive in this game and continue to exist as a complete afterthought.

The Hawks will now head south to take on Calgary in the Saddledome on Wednesday night. They should stop in Banff on their way down.

Quick Banff aside: My father and I were rescued by a woman and her two daughters on the road between the town of Banff and Lake Louise during a nasty snow storm back in the day. I often wonder if those ladies were Oilers or Flames fans. Either way, their favorite team sucks. Oh well, thanks ladies.

Scatterbrain thoughts:

* Jonathan Toews’ goal was of the spectacular variety. It was a tough break for Nail Yakupov who coughed the puck up to Toews at the blue line. I still think he’ll make a great New York Ranger someday.

* Aside from missing that wide open net in the first period, I didn’t notice Kris Versteeg at all. If this continues I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Quenneville eventually puts ‘Steeg with either Kane or Toews in an attempt to get something out of him offensively.

* Oh yeah, Patrick Kane scores dirty goals now. Everyone cool with that?

* Our numbers guy discovered a pretty glaring statistical oversight: The Chicago Blackhawks have played 5,895 games in their proud history and it turns out Corey Crawford actually started all off them. Amazing.

* David Perron is still a Blue at heart. He continues to be the poor man’s Alex Burrows

* I’m in the minority that likes watching games in Edmonton. It’s like the 80’s are back on TV. Related: How good would the Hawks be if they played 41 games a year on Rexall ice?

* 17-4-4. I’ll take it and so will you.