Sunday's matchup at the United Center featured the Western Conference's best and worst teams.

But when it comes to the Blackhawks and Oilers, the standings don't matter. Because Edmonton -- despite playing their eighth consecutive road game and being shut out in their previous two contests -- still skated into the United Center and took a 4-0 lead by the end of the first period.

"It was awesome, we took a lot of pride before the game in how we were gonna come out and play, the things we were gonna do and the intensity we were going to play with," said Oilers forward Taylor Hall after his team's 6-5 win. "We showed a lot of those things. For us to come out and take a 4-0 lead over the Blackhawks, the best team in the league, is great for us."

Hall described Sunday's matchup and a "game-breaker" and a "now-or-never moment" for the Oilers. Edmonton held a players-only meeting on Saturday to help motivate the team again after a tough five-game losing streak, and that mentality clearly showed in their performance Sunday.

"We wanted to play with emotion, we wanted to play a simple game and make sure we play the right way," said Oilers center Sam Gagner. "We really did that in the first (period) and it showed on the scoreboard."