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CHICAGO — If the Edmonton Oilers were looking to carry any sort of momentum into a quick turnaround Carolina Hurricanes T-Shirts Authentic , finding a way to notch back-to-back victories while keeping up its recent surge in scoring was certainly way to do it.Fresh off a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, the Oilers will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they face the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday at the United Center.The Oilers have scored nine goals in their past two games and have at least four goals in each of their past three.Article continues below …On Saturday, Edmonton got two goals each from Leon Draisaiti and Drake Caggiula to push their season mark to 5-3-1.“It was a really strong effort,” Draisaiti told reporters after the victory, according to the Oilers’ official team website. “We played for 60 minutes.”The complete-game effort only adds to the self-assurance Edmonton has played with during the last three games, which has produced a wealth of scoring after the Oilers were shut out last weekend against the Predators. And considering the way Edmonton has produced of late, Cagguila has noticed a marked difference in how his teammates have responded heading into Sunday’s game in Chicago.“We’ve got a confident group,” Cagguila told reporters Saturday, according to the team website. “As the season’s gone on Carolina Hurricanes Hoodies Authentic , you could see every game we’ve gotten better and better. We’re a very confident group right now.”Oilers coach Todd McLellan credited his team’s strong start on Saturday, which led to the Oilers reaching the five-goal plateau for the second time in three games.Despite having to quickly turn around and face the Blackhawks, McLellan — like Cagguila — has seen a different on-ice product of late from his team.“We’re at a point now where the guys are believing in themselves,” McLellan told reporters on Saturday. “And when you do that and you start to win, you believe in it a little more. It’s a powerful thing.”While the Oilers have found a way to string a couple of victories together, the Blackhawks will attempt to quickly rebound from a forgettable performance on Saturday against St. Louis.Despite getting two goals from Patrick Kane, who pushed his season total to 11, Chicago allowed three third-period goals in a 7-3 loss to the Blues.“The game was there to be had,” Chicago’s Duncan Keith said after the loss Carolina Hurricanes Hats Authentic , according to the Chicago Tribune. “But unfortunately, we weren’t good enough.”The Blackhawks saw their two-game winning streak snapped and, despite Kane’s continued strong play, watched St. Louis break open a game that Chicago had a chance to extend its winning ways in quickly left the Blackhawks looking to rebound against the suddenly surging Oilers.But like the Oilers, Chicago won’t have much time to process its most recent performance. “It seemed like (the Blues) were playing with maybe a little bit more intensity than we were,” Kane told reporters, according to NHL.com. “We knew that was going to happen, especially with the media attention about their team and what happened last game. We just didn’t come out and match it.” NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville coach Peter Laviolette pulled out a bull’s head to lighten the grind of the 82-game NHL regular season and challenge the Predators to get a couple of road wins.Win both games in western Canada Custom Carolina Hurricanes Jerseys , and Laviolette would put on the bull’s head while talking to reporters.The Predators won both contests, beating Calgary 5-3 and shutting out the Oilers in Edmonton 3-0 on Saturday night.So Laviolette put on the bull’s head.“Guys want to have fun at the end of the day,” Laviolette said Monday. “When there’s a couple minutes left in the game and Roman (Josi) finally puts in the empty netter and they’re laughing at me and calling for Bushwhacker at the press conference you know I’m in trouble. So like I said, it was fun. It was good to go up there and win a couple games and just have some fun.”This isn’t the first time, and likely not the last, that Laviolette has offered up a quirky challenge to his Predators. Last season, Laviolette and his coaches wore Christmas suits during a game just before the holiday.Laviolette’s wife, Kristen, spotted the bull’s head at a store and brought it home knowing her husband would use it somehow. The bull’s head reminded Laviolette of the famed rodeo bull http://www.officialblackhawksproshop.com , Bushwhacker.“He goes into teams’ buildings and he dismantles people,” Laviolette said of the now-retired Bushwhacker. “And we needed that type of an effort going up into western Canada.”Credit Josi the captain with figuring out that Laviolette would wear the bull’s head while talking to reporters if the Predators won both games.With the victories, the defending Presidents’ Trophy winners sit atop both the Central Division and the NHL with 14 points and a 7-1 record having won five straight games.“When he tried it on, everybody was laughing because it actually moved with his mouth, which was pretty sick,” forward Filip Forsberg said. “So yeah, he’s a man of his word. Everybody appreciated that.” Defenseman P.K. Subban was among those who shot video of Laviolette wearing the head, and photos were on the wall inside the locker room Monday with the coach wearing the head and giving a thumb’s up beside goalie Juuse Saros. Two more photos show Laviolette talking with reporters.“Everybody got a good kick out of it,” Subban said. “I think professional sports sometimes can be a little too serious Chicago Blackhawks T-Shirts Authentic , so it’s always nice when you can have some fun like that with your coach.”Laviolette has made it very clear he will never wear the bull’s head again.“He’s done, he’s retired,” Laviolette said after practice Monday. “He won’t be coming back.”
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