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Edmonton Oilers score 4 times in first, hang on to beat Chicago Blackhawks 6-5

Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Edmonton Oilers score 4 times in first, hang on to beat Chicago Blackhawks 6-5

CHICAGO - Sam Gagner scored two of Edmonton's four goals in the first period and the Oilers beat Chicago 6-5 on Sunday night, sending the Blackhawks to their second consecutive loss after their record-breaking start.

Ryan Whitney and Taylor Hall each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Captain Shawn Horcoff also scored as the Oilers went 3 for 4 on the power play.

Chicago set an NHL record by recording at least one point in the first 24 games of the season. The streak ended with a 6-2 loss at Colorado on Friday night, and coach Joel Quenneville said he was looking forward to seeing how his team responded.

The Blackhawks then got off to their worst start of the season before putting together a spirited rally.

Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Sheldon Brookbank and Brent Seabrook scored during a wild second period, and Kane added his team-best 14th of the season to get Chicago within one with 13 minutes left.

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