Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Troy Brouwer scored two of Chicago's five second-period goals while Nikolai Khabibulin was sharp with 31 saves, as the Blackhawks surged past the Edmonton Oilers, 9-2, at Rexall Place.
Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg and Ben Eager also scored in the goal-laden second period, and Colin Fraser, Patrick Kane and Brian Campbell all added a goal for Chicago, which has won five straight games for the first time in six seasons. The Blackhawks, who finished 4-for-5 on the power play, will continue their three-game road trip across Canada on Friday in Calgary before a matchup against Vancouver on Saturday.
Shawn Horcoff and Marc Pouliot scored for the Oilers, who have dropped two of three following a three-game win streak. Mathieu Garon started for Edmonton between the pipes but was pulled midway through the second period after he allowed five goals on 21 shots. Dwayne Roloson made 19 saves in relief.
The Blackhawks led 2-0 after one period of play. Kane's wrister from the right slot on the power play 6:16 into the game preceded Fraser's tally at the 17:50 mark.
In the second, Chicago's five-goal onslaught broke the game wide open.
Campbell's power-play goal 3:46 into the period gave Chicago a three-goal lead but the Oilers answered less than two minutes later with a power-play tally of their own. Ales Hemsky sent a pass across the crease for a successful one- timer by Horcoff from the bottom of the right circle while Kane was in the penalty box for holding.
In the middle stages of the decisive stanza, the Hawks scored three goals within a 3:49 span, two of which occurred with 21 seconds of each other.
Skating on the power play, Duncan Keith released a slap shot from the centerpoint that Garon saved, but the goaltender failed to control the rebound and Brouwer was in perfect position for an easy tap-in rebound near the left post at 12:05.
Only 21 seconds later, Versteeg's eighth goal -- assisted by Andrew Ladd and Dave Bolland -- increased the lead to 5-1 and chased Garon to the bench.
Soon after, Eager continued the barrage. Usually playing the enforcer role for most of his career, Eager has shown solid offensive ability so far this season and his strong positioning deep in the zone led to his sixth goal with 4:06 to go.
The five-goal uprising was capped at 18:10 on Brouwer's second marker of the night. James Wisniewski sent a hard shot toward the net from the centerpoint and Brouwer deftly deflected it past Roloson from near the top of the crease.
A pair of special-teams goals in the third led to a 9-1 Chicago lead after an unassisted short-handed tally by Keith and a power-play goal off the stick of Craig Adams.
Pouliot capped the scoring with under five minutes to go in regulation.