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Brouwer scores twice, adds assist as Blackhawks embarrass Oilers 9-2

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Edmonton Oilers\' Zack Stortini, left, fights with Chicago Blackhawks\' Ben Eager during the first period of NHL hockey action, at Edmonton\'s Rexall Place on Tuesday, December 16, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Ulan Author: The Hockey News

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Brouwer scores twice, adds assist as Blackhawks embarrass Oilers 9-2

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EDMONTON - Troy Brouwer had two goals and an assist and Patrick Kane added a goal and two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks extended their winning streak to five games by routing the Edmonton Oilers 9-2 Tuesday night.

Duncan Keith, Colin Fraser, Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg, Ben Eager and Craig Adams also scored for Chicago (16-6-7), which has moved over .500 on the road at 6-5-3 and is 6-0-1 in its last seven games overall.

Shawn Horcoff and Marc Pouliot scored for the Oilers (14-13-2), who have lost two of their last three and once again have a losing record on home ice at 4-5-2.

Chicago started the scoring onslaught on the power play six minutes in as Patrick Sharp made a snap pass to Kane coming in from the point, and the young sniper wired a shot that beat Oilers starter Mathieu Garon high to the glove-side.

The Blackhawks went ahead 2-0 with two minutes to play in the opening period when Andrew Ladd made a nice no-look pass from behind the net to Fraser, who handcuffed Garon with a short-side shot.

Chicago scored its second power play goal in as many opportunities early in the second as Campbell blasted a point shot past Garon, who appeared to misjudge his timing by going down too early.

Less than two minutes later, the Oilers finally got on the board on a power play of their own as Ales Hemsky made a beautiful cross-ice feed to Horcoff, who whacked it into the open net behind Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Chicago remained perfect with the man advantage with its third power play goal 12 minutes into the second as Brouwer was able to bang home a rebound in front of the Oilers goal. Chicago quickly went ahead 5-1 on another weak goal as Versteeg sent a shot through Garon's legs from in close.

Dwayne Roloson came off the bench to replace Garon but didn't fare much better. Three minutes later, a puck bounced around in front of the Edmonton net before being chipped home by Eager.

And the Hawks just kept coming, getting one more before the middle period was complete to make it 7-1 when a shot deflected off an Oiler stick and then off of Brouwer's arm and into the net.

As if things weren't bad enough, the Oilers scored an own goal while short-handed five minutes into the third when defenceman Tom Gilbert managed to direct the puck into his own net on a goal credited to Keith.

The Blackhawks improved their power play percentage by going 4-5 with another goal by Adams before Edmonton chipped in their second of the game from Pouliot.

The Oilers are likely glad to get out of town, making a quick trip to play in Vancouver on Wednesday while Chicago heads to Calgary to take on the Flames on Friday.

Notes: The last time Chicago won five games in a row was in the 2001-02 season, which was the same season they last made the playoffs The Blackhawks are now 15-4-6 since Joel Quenneville took over from Denis Savard behind the bench It has been since 1992 that the Oilers allowed nine goals in a game, losing 9-4 to the L.A. Kings on Dec. 28 of that year Chicago defenceman James Wisniewski made his Hawks season debut after missing the season to this point following knee surgery and recorded an assist on Fraser's first period goal and added another two helpers in the game. Wisniewski scored a hat trick on Saturday while on a conditioning stint with Rockford of the AHL The Oilers were without the services of forward Rob Schremp after opting to send him down to Springfield of the AHL on Monday. Schremp had three assists in four games with the Oilers It was the 125th consecutive regular season game to sell out in Edmonton.

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