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Toews, Hossa lead Chicago Blackhawks in 7-1 drubbing of Edmonton Oilers

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EDMONTON - Marian Hossa had a goal and three assists and Jonathan Toews added a pair of goals as the Chicago Blackhawks scored early and often in a 7-1 drubbing of the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Marcus Kruger, Kris Versteeg, Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane also scored for the Blackhawks (12-7-1), who have won three in a row and five of their last six.

David Perron replied for the Oilers (6-13-2), who have lost six games in a row and seven straight on home ice. Edmonton has yet to win a game against Western Conference opponents, dropping to 0-10-1.

The Blackhawks took complete control of the game in the early stages with two goals on their first two shots.

Four minutes into the first period, Brandon Saad made a nice cross-ice pass to a wide-open Toews, who switched from his backhand on a deke before sliding the puck through the legs of Oilers starting goalie Ben Scrivens for his eighth goal of the season.

Just 55 seconds later Edmonton defender Justin Schultz made a soft no-look backhand attempt to clear the puck and it was picked off by Kruger, who beat Scrivens with a hard one-timer up high to make it 2-0.

Chicago took a three-goal lead with four minutes left in the opening frame as Hossa out-hustled the Oilers to a puck in the corner and sent it back to Seabrook, who sent a slapshot through traffic that Toews got a piece of on the way into the net.

The Hawks had just eight shots in the first period against five by the Oilers on Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.

Chicago took a 4-0 lead just over a minute into the second period on a two-man advantage. The puck dribbled underneath Scrivens and was headed into the net before Oilers defender Andrew Ference gave it a helping hand in a goal that was credited to Versteeg.

The Hawks struck again on the second half of the power play as well. A Bryan Bickell shot was deflected on the way to the net and the rebound came to Hossa on the doorstep for his third of the year.

Scrivens was pulled after allowing five goals on 13 shots, with backup Viktor Fasth coming in to replace him.

The move didn't do much to staunch the bleeding as the Blackhawks scored on their second shot on Fasth as well, with Keith moving in from the point and unleashing a bullet for the goal. The three goals to start the second period came in a span of 2:31, giving the Blackhawks six goals at a time the Oilers had just five shots.

Edmonton finally broke Crawford's shutout bid with 12 minutes left in the second period as Perron tipped a Justin Schultz shot into the net for his second of the season.

Chicago restored it's six-goal advantage three minutes later as Kane converted a two-on-one opportunity for his eight of the year.

The Blackhawks play the third game of a six-game road trip in Vancouver on Sunday. The Oilers begin a three-game trip in Dallas against the Stars on Tuesday.

Notes: It was the first of three games this season between the two teams. The Blackhawks swept three games from the Edmonton Oilers last year, scoring five goals in each. The last time Chicago lost in Edmonton was on Feb. 2, 2012, a game in which Sam Gagner recorded eight points for the Oilers... Antti Raanta was expected to get the start in net for Chicago but came down with an illness before the game, forcing Crawford to play in goal without a backup on the bench??? Forward Phillip Danault made his NHL debut after being called up from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on Friday. Danault was Chicago's first-round pick, 26th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft??? Out with injuries for the Hawks were Patrick Sharp (knee), Trevor Van Riemsdyk (knee) and Andrew Shaw (upper body), while the Oilers were missing forward Benoit Pouliot, who suffered a broken foot blocking a shot on Friday against the Devils. Perron took his place on the Oilers' top line??? Edmonton defenceman Nikita Nikitin was a healthy scratch, with Keith Aulie coming in as his replacement.

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