Jonathan Toews and Steve Motador handed in a spectacular performance when they each scored twice to help the Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 on Sunday night. The win was Blackhawks their third straight victory this season. The Blackhawks, which is one of the NHL's quickest and most-skilled teams, have scored a total of 16 goals during the winning streak. Now, the Blackhawks are hoping to find momentum for their new found form.
''It's great for everyone's confidence to see different guys score,'' Toews said. ''I don't think it matters to anybody who scores as long as we find a way.''
Montador, a defenseman playing his 10th NHL season, had his first two-goal game. Montador and his agility beat Oilers center Lennart Petrell with a clever move to score the first one. Ryan Smyth, Jordan Eberle and Shawn Horcoff scored for the Oilers (9-6-2). Edmonton goalie Nikloai Khabibulin gave away a season-high; five goals on 34 shots and lost his second straight game in regulation after starting the season with an impressive 7-0-2. The Blackhawks came with blazing guns on Khabibulin, who played four seasons in Chicago before signing as a free agent with Edmonton in July 2009.
''(Khabibulin) is one of those goalies where if he stops a couple of big ones early, he can get got and steal a game from you,'' Toews said. ''You don't want to let that happen, so we stayed on him.''
Oilers coach Tom Renney didn't blame his goalie, but he did criticize his team for their lack lustrous performance as ''awful.'' After a brilliant start to the season, including a six-game winning streak Edmonton has lost four of their five.
Chicago's Corey Crawford also stole some lime light with his 20 saves. Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook sustained a lower-body injury during the second period and didn't return to the arena. The Blackhawks progressed 2-0 early in the first, thanks to goals by Toews and Montador which came in just 36 seconds apart.
Toews opened his tab at 4:55 when he circled the net and struck a shot over Khabibulin's. Montador made it 2-0 at 5:29 when he came towards Petrell and ruthlessly hammered it into the net. Smyth changed the scoreboard to 2-1 midway through the first by cutting to the net and striking a shot through Crawford. However, Montador came out with a power-play goal with 3:49 left and made it 3-1.
With just 22 gone in the second Toews struck again, extending Chicago's lead to 4-1 when he plowed a loose puck past Khabibulin's. Eberle’s turn came next and he finished a with a backhand shot at 6:17 to make it 4-2, but Keith came along and the changed the scoreboard at 1:30 on a screened drive which reestablished Blackhawks' three-goal lead in the match. Horcoff's power-play goal came in next, with 45 seconds left on the clock. Carcillo also added one to an empty net to complete the scoring-saga.