Troy Brouwer had two goals and an assist while James Wisniewski and Patrick Kane each also racked up three points as the Chicago Blackhawks rolled to a 9-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Tuesday night.
2:35 into the Tuesday night contest, Zack Stortini and Ben Eager had just about enough of each other's company and resorted to fisticuffs near the Oilers bench. A pair of fighting majors ensured even-strength play for six more minutes, at which point Steve Staios took a holding penalty to offer the Blackhawks the game's first powerplay.
It took the visitors only six seconds to convert the man-advantage into a one-goal advantage. From the middle of the face-off circle, Patrick Kane tucked the puck into the top corner of Mathieu Garon's net to put Chicago up 1-0.
The Oilers soon got a chance to tally a powerplay equalizer when Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews was called for hooking, but netminder Nikolai Khabibulin stopped all three powerplay attempts to maintain his club's lead.
Chicago took a 2-0 lead late in the opening period. Dave Bolland picked up the puck in the slot and flicked it past Garon for his sixth goal of the season.
After one period, the Oilers were down by a pair but trailed 14-12 on the shot clock.
The Oilers came within inches of getting their first goal of the game two minutes into the middle frame. Sam Gagner spotted Robert Nilsson in the slot with a beautiful tape-to-tape pass but Nilsson couldn't quite get a handle on the puck after making a backhand move.
Chicago made it a 3-0 game after scoring their second power play goal of the night 3:46 into the middle frame. Brian Campbell fired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that eluded Garon.
Edmonton finally got on the board 5:38 into the second. With Patrick Kane in the box for holding, it only took the Oilers nine seconds to hit paydirt.
Ales Hemsky threaded the needle with a beautiful pass across the slot onto the tape of Shawn Horcoff's stick. Horcoff made no mistake, wristing it past an outstretched Khabibulin to make it a two-goal game once again.
Chicago scored their third power play goal of the night to regain a three-goal lead. Troy Brouwer took a pass from Havlat in the slot and fired it past Garon to make it 4-1.
21 seconds later, Kris Versteeg's shot along the ice beat Garon through the five hole to make it a 5-1 game.
That goal spelled the end of the night for Garon as he was replaced by Dwayne Roloson.
Roloson didn't fare much better as Ben Eager pounded a rebound home. Roloson made the inital stop on Kane's wrister from the slot but Eager was at the top of the crease where he outstretched Roloson and slipped the puck into the open cage.
Chicago increased their lead to 7-1 with just under two minutes remaining in the middle frame. James Wisniewski's shot from the point was tipped by Brouwer on its way to the net. It went to video review to see if it was knocked down with a high stick but after a long look it was ruled a goal.
Chicago continued to rack up the goals against the Oilers in the final frame. Andrew Ladd scored shorthanded on a weird bounce to notch the eighth goal of the night for the 'Hawks.
The Blackhawks then made it an unfathomable 9-1 at the 14:59 mark of the third. Craig Adams scored his second of the season to make it an eight goal deficit.
Marc Pouliot salvaged something 24 seconds later with a nice backhand move on a breakaway. His shot trickled through the pads of Khabibulin and just across the line. Liam Reddox notched an assist, his first in the NHL.
The seven-goal margin of defeat matched the worst in Oilers history on home ice. The other two times the team lost by seven goals were also against the Chicago Blackhawks - 8-1 on November 27, 1992 and 7-0 on February 1, 1995.