Blackhawks Make Easy Work of Oilers

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EDMONTON, Alberta — Count the Blackhawks among those unimpressed that Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk had been named the NHL’s Third Star for last week.

The defending Stanley Cup champions made it a rough start to the new week for Dubnyk as the Hawks chased him during a 5-1 victory Monday night at Rexall Place.

Andrew Shaw led the offensive onslaught with two goals and an assist while Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Johnny Oduya also scored to help the Hawks win their third in a row to improve to 3-1-0 on their seven-game road trip.

Corey Crawford, making his 15th consecutive appearance, allowed only a goal by Justin Schultz in the second period as the Hawks controlled the pace throughout. Duncan Keith and Brandon Saad each added two assists for the Hawks, who ran their record to 17-4-4.

Dubnyk earned his honor Monday after backstopping the Oilers to two victories last week to help Edmonton extend its winning streak to a season-high three games. That streak was ended and the goalie watched the rest of the night from the bench after being yanked in the second period following a four-goal outburst on 14 shots by the Hawks. Dubnyk was replaced by veteran Iyla Bryzgalov, who made his season debut.

Toews started things early for the Hawks when the captain scooped up a loose puck and scored short-handed off a breakaway. Special teams came through again when Kane notched his team-leading 13th goal while on the power play as the winger pounced on a rebound and flipped it past Dubnyk.

Oduya made it a three-goal advantage when the defenseman’s shot from the point pinballed off Oilers defenseman Corey Potter and bounced into the net.

The rout was on when Shaw took a terrific pass off a rush from Jeremy Morin and buried it into the open net to end Dubnyk’s night. Schultz scored midway through the second to spoil Crawford’s shutout bid before Shaw redirected a blast by Nick Leddy past Bryzgalov to finish the scoring late in the third.

Getting there: When Michal Handzus jumped over the boards just a over a minute into the game, the Hawks’ lineup got a whole lot deeper.

The veteran center returned to action after missing 14 games with an upper-body injury and coupled with the expected return of Marian Hossa against the Flames in Calgary on Wednesday, the Hawks are nearing full strength. Throw in the addition of defenseman Michael Kostka to the morning skate while he recovers from a right foot injury and coach Joel Quenneville has almost all his weapons.

“We haven’t had many injuries over the last few years,” Quenneville said. “It’s nice to see a full lineup and all the options available. Handzus is a useful guy (so) it’s nice to get him back.”

Hossa missed his second straight game to attend to a family matter. Kostka has been sidelined 16 games and remains on the injured list but could see action near the end of the trip. Bryan Bickell is back in Chicago recovering from a left knee injury and is expected to be out at least two more weeks.

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