The victory improved Edmonton's record to 13-8-1 and an impressive 10-2 on home ice, and kept the Oilers in a tie with Minnesota for first place in the Northwest Division. The Blackhawks, who lost all three of their games on a Western Canada swing, now sit at 7-12-2.
It didn't take long for the Oilers to take the lead, scoring on a power play just over two minutes in when Shawn Horcoff made a nice feed to Stoll in the high slot. Stoll then blasted a one-timer cleanly past Chicago starter Brian Boucher.
The Oilers struck again five minutes later as Reasoner snuck out from behind the goal-line and lifted a backhand into the net - a play Boucher would dearly love to have back. Captain Jason Smith assisted on the goal and hit the 150 point plateau in his NHL career.
Edmonton was able to make it 3-0 with three and a half minutes remaining when Smith's shot from the point was deflected in by Torres. The Oilers scored on three of seven first period shots. Nikolai Khabibulin came in to replace Boucher for the start of the second.
The move seemed to invigorate the Chicago bench as they had a number of excellent scoring opportunities and finally got one past Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson before the midway point of the second. Roloson allowed a big rebound after a toe save on a Duncan Keith shot and Holmqvist was there to put it into the net. Chicago had 15 shots in the second but still exited the period trailing by two.
Reasoner was unable to add to his two point performance, leaving the game late in the second after hitting his head on the glass and not returning.
Roloson kept the Blackhawks from cutting further into Edmonton's lead, stopping Tony Salmelainen on a breakaway opportunity at the start of the third.
Edmonton then regained their three-goal advantage just before the five minute mark of the third as Sykora continued his hot streak with his 12th goal of the season. The off-season free agent acquisition took a shot while falling down, and puck went between a surprised Khabibulin's legs and in.
Edmonton got to Khabibulin again on a two-man advantage with just over seven minutes left to play as Bergeron blasted a bullet from the point in to give Edmonton the 5-1 victory.
The Oilers play the fifth of a seven-game home stand Tuesday against Anaheim. It will be the first chance Edmonton fans have had to express their displeasure to former Oiler Chris Pronger since his off-season trade demand that eventually sent him to the Ducks. The Blackhawks next hit the ice on Wednesday when they host Dallas.
Notes. . . . Oilers defenceman Steve Staios, who signed a four year contract extension with the club on Tuesday, missed Friday's game after tweaking his left knee in practice the day before. His absence ended his consecutive game streak at 224. . . . Entering the game the Oilers had moved to the top spot in the league for penalty killing. Edmonton had only allowed 10 goals in 107 chances in their first 21 outings. . . . A Chicago player has not registered a hat trick in a road game since former Blackhawk Tyler Arnason accomplished the feat on December 28, 2002 at San Jose. Arnason was also the last Blackhawk to get a hat trick at home, March 19, 2004 vs. Vancouver.