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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks lead the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 after two periods at the United Center.
The Hawks have dominated the game, taking advantage of a rare off night by Oilers’ goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.
The Hawks held onto a two-goal first intermission lead with two more in the second as Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith added tallies. Toews scored his second of the game 22 seconds into the period as he stuffed home a puck lying at Khabibulin’s feet. Later, Duncan Keith’s soft point shot made it through several screens, and then past Khabibulin, for his second goal in as many games.
But the Oilers scored two for themselves as Jordan Eberle got around the Hawks defense using his speed and made a nice move on Corey Crawford for a tally. Late in the period, Shawn Horcoff scored a power play goal to bring the Oilers back within two while Viktor Stalberg was in the penalty box for using a broken stick.
Defenseman Brent Seabrook left the game in the second period after hitting the boards hard behind the Oilers’ net. He limped off the ice favoring his left leg before heading to the Hawks dressing room. There is no word from the team if he’ll return to the game.
Steve Montador scored twice for the Hawks in the first period.