Chicago Blackhawks: Don't Forget About Viktor Stalberg's Part in Edmonton Win

Jon FromiSenior Analyst IFebruary 26, 2013

Viktor Stalberg scored his fifth goal of the season in Chicago's 3-2 victory over the Oilers Monday night.
Viktor Stalberg scored his fifth goal of the season in Chicago's 3-2 victory over the Oilers Monday night.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks got the big goal from Marian Hossa to cap off a 3-2 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night. Patrick Kane opened the scoring for the 'Hawks, but let's not overlook the goal that assured Chicago of at least a point for the 19th consecutive time this season.

That would be the goal logged by Viktor Stalberg that knotted the contest.

The play may have had to go to Toronto for review, but this goal was not controversial in the least. The replay clearly showed that Stalberg, who went strong to the net following a rebound of Michal Rozsival's shot, knocked the puck under the pads of Nikolai Khabibulin to pull Chicago even in the third minute of the third period.

Hossa provided the heroics in extra time and was well deserving of the game's first star. Stalberg went unnoticed in favor of Kane and Nail Yakupov, whose power play goal gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead late in the second period.

That's too bad, because Stalberg should be recognized for some solid play as the 'Hawks continue to rack up the points.

It was hard not to notice that Edmonton had difficulties keeping Stalberg and Bryan Bickell from generating some quality scoring chances. Stalberg had three shots on goal for the night, including his fifth goal of the season.

The Swedish Flash is scoring at a similar pace to last year's 22-goal effort. The rap on that statistic was that Stalberg was feasting on weak competition, particularly the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Stalberg doesn't have a point against Columbus in two games, but he does have two goals against Phoenix. He has also found the net against the Blues and Sharks to go with his big goal last night.

With eight points on the season, all at even strength, Stalberg is contributing with secondary scoring and teaming up with Bickell and Andrew Shaw on what has been a pretty impressive third line. Combined, the trio has recorded 23 points and is plus-11 on the season.

Stalberg has earned some time on the power play, though he hasn't registered a point in his 2:46 per game on that unit. However, the guy has played well and deserves a nod for the contributions he has made to the Blackhawks success.

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