Patrick Kane, standing below his own goal line on a power play, wheeled the puck around the boards to a point man who wasn’t there, and then could only watch helplessly as the puck skittered all the way down the ice toward the Blackhawks’ empty net, vacated earlier by Antti Raanta for an extra attacker on a delayed-penalty call.

Kane leaned to his left, trying to coax the insolent puck wide with a little body English. Then he leaned harder. Then he smacked himself on the forehead when he realized what was about to happen.

Kane scored. From about 195 feet away. On his own net.

“Seemed like it took forever to keep going in,” Kane said. “Kind of a weird play, I guess.”

That the bizarre goal ended up a slapstick footnote in Sunday night’s game and not the latest anvil to fall on the Hawks’ head was as good a sign as any that the last-place Edmonton Oilers were just what the Hawks needed to snap out of their recent funk. The Hawks dispatched the Oilers 5-3 to end a three-game losing streak in which they had scored a total of five goals. And they did it in dominating fashion, outshooting Edmonton 41-21.

Kane heard plenty of chirping from his teammates, who joked that he had a goal and two assists, not the two assists the scoresheet showed. It was easy to laugh because Marian Hossa got that goal right back, scoring 29 seconds into the 5-on-3 power play that had prompted Raanta to leave the net for an extra attacker.