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Khabibulin makes 23 saves and leads Blackhawks past Oilers, 3-0

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CHICAGO - Nikolai Khabibulin made 23 saves for his 39th career NHL shutout and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton 3-0 on Wednesday night to end the Oilers' season-opening winning streak at four games.

Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook and Aaron Johnson scored to help the Blackhawks win their second straight game and improve to 2-0-1 since Joel Quenneville replaced Denis Savard as coach last Thursday.

Khabibulin's shutout was his first of the season and fourth since he joined the Blackhawks as a free agent in July 2005.

The Oilers didn't test him heavily. A shot by Shawn Horcoff midway through the first period beat Khabibulin, but hit the crossbar.

Edmonton had won each of its first four games by one goal.

The Oilers' Dwayne Roloson stopped 27 shots in his first start his season.

Sharp opened the scoring with a power-play goal from the hashmarks 2:36 in.

Sharp carried the puck into the Edmonton zone, dumped it off Jonathan Toews in the left corner, then skated back into the slot, took a pass from Toews and fired a shot over Roloson's glove.

Seabrook's short-handed goal with 1:25 left in the first made it 2-0.

Chicago's Dave Bolland and Kris Versteeg broke into the Oilers' zone 2-on-1. Bolland passed back to Seabrook, who connected from the slot.

Johnson added his first goal with the Blackhawks with 7:43 left in the second. Signed as a free agent from the New York Islanders last summer, Johnson beat Roloson between the pads with a low shot from just inside the blue-line.

Notes: Chicago RW Troy Brouwer, recalled from Rockford of the NHL on Tuesday, was in the lineup. ... Blackhawks D Niklas Hjalmarsson missed his sixth game because of bruised ribs ... The Oilers opened a three-game trip. ... Edmonton C Sam Gagner and D Sheldon Souray returned after missing games because of leg injuries. Oilers D Steve Staios returned to Edmonton for family reasons and missed the game.

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