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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks lead the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 after the first period at the United Center.
The Hawks came out strong against Edmonton, owning the early portion of the game as they scored two goals 34 seconds apart causing Oilers coach Tom Renney to call a timeout.
Jonathan Toews scored the first one from a set-up by Viktor Stalberg. Toews walked out in front of Nikolai Khabibulin and found an opening abover Khabibulin's glove for his eighth of the year. A few seconds later Patrick Kane fed a pinching Steve Montador who made a nice move on Khabibulin to tally his second of the year. Moments earlier Montador helped save a goal during a scramble in front of the Hawks' net.
Montador scored a second goal on a power play as he re-directed a Nick Leddy point shot. Montador has three goals in the last three games for the Hawks, two coming from the slot on the power play.
Edmonton's goal came from a Ryan Smith stuff attempt but Corey Crawford redeemed himself with two beauty glove saves—on Shawn Horcoff and Taylor Hall.