The Chicago Blackhawks took some solace in their finish on Sunday night, a furious one that almost got them at least one point.

It was getting steamrolled in the first period that they’d rather forget.

Sam Gagner scored twice as part of Edmonton’s four-goal first period, and the Blackhawks’ comeback didn’t come back enough in the Oilers’ 6-5 victory at the United Center. It was the second consecutive loss for the Blackhawks, who, lest anyone forget, are still are atop the Western Conference. But their lead is now down to six points, as the Anaheim Ducks won again, topping St. Louis.

The Blackhawks, who played their seventh game in 11 nights, didn’t want to use fatigue as an excuse. But considering how rough they looked to start this one, compared to how well they played during that 24-game unbeaten streak, it was clear they were feeling the affects of the busy schedule.

Still, they knew how Edmonton always plays well against them. And the Oilers reminded them of that quickly, and frequently, in the first period.

“Definitely disappointed with the way we began the game. We’ve seen that movie before from them,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We made some mistakes, mentally. We weren’t sharp. (Mistakes) that are preventable. We haven’t seen too much of that this year, but give (Edmonton) credit. We faced a dangerous opponent and they attacked well.”