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Toews, Montador lead Chicago past Edmonton

Nov 14, 2011 - 4:18 AM
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jonathan Toews and Steve Montador each notched two goals as the Chicago Blackhawks took a 6-3 decision over the Edmonton Oilers at United Center.

Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp added two assists apiece, while Corey Crawford made 20 saves in the Blackhawks' third straight win.

Ryan Smyth, Jordan Eberle and Shawn Horcoff lit the lamp for Edmonton, which dropped its fourth game in five tries.

"It's probably a little bit of a wake-up call for everyone in here," Horcoff said about the team's recent struggles.

Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 29-of-34 shots in the loss.

Chicago struck first at the 4:55 mark of the opening period when Toews sent a hard wrister from the right side of the net under the crossbar.

Montador made it a 2-0 game just 34 seconds later when he raced down the slot after accepting a pass and swept the puck from his backhand to his forehand across the goal mouth before placing it into the net.

Smyth answered by stuffing a goal through the legs of Crawford from the right side of the net, but Montador notched his second goal of the first period when he got a stick on Nick Leddy's one timer from the point on a power play.

"I just want to take advantage of the opportunities that I'm getting," Montador said. "I'm just happy to be contributing."

Toews' second of the contest came 22 seconds into the second period when he put back his own rebound in front of the net.

Eberle capitalized on a breakaway chance and Keith slipped a long wrister into the twine before Horcoff's tip-in on a man advantage sent the game into the final frame with the score 5-3.

But Crawford stopped all seven Oiler shots in the third and Daniel Carcillo's empty-net goal sealed the win for Chicago.

Game Notes

Oilers defenseman Cam Barker missed his second straight game with an ankle injury...Chicago forward Dave Bolland missed his third consecutive game with a foot injury...Edmonton had not dropped three straight games since ending the 2010-11 campaign on a 0-2-1 skid...Chicago improved to 7-1-2 at home, while Edmonton fell to 3-5-1 on the road this season.