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Oilers beat Blackhawks 7-4 to end 6-game slide

Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky and Jordan Eberle scored in a 1:09 span late in the first period, Gagner added an empty-netter in the third and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Rookie Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist, and Andrew Cogliano and Ryan Jones also scored for Edmonton, which was 0-4-2 after winning its first two games of the season. The Oilers improved to 3-23-3 in their last 29 road games dating to mid-December of last season.

Patrick Sharp scored a power-play goal and added two assists for the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks in their third loss in four games. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Jake Dowell also scored for mistake-plagued Chicago, and Duncan Keith had three assists.

Hall, the first overall draft pick, had his first NHL goal and multipoint game Thursday night in Edmonton's 3-2 shootout loss in Columbus.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves to help the Oilers beat the Blackhawks in regulation for the first time since February 2008, and for the first time in regulation at the United Center since January 2004.

Marty Turco started in goal for Chicago, but gave up four goals on 12 shots in the first period and was replaced by Corey Crawford to start of the second. Crawford stopped seven of 10 shots.

The Blackhawks played without star forward Marian Hossa, who sustained an upper-body injury in a collision with Los Angeles' Jarret Stoll on Wednesday night. Hossa is expected to miss two weeks.

Hall opened the scoring 1:53 in on the Oilers' first shot when his low screened drive fooled Turco.

Toews' power-play goal, fired between Khabibulin's pads from a sharp angle, tied it midway through the first. Hemsky, Eberle and Gagner capitalized on Blackhawks mistakes late in the period to make it 4-1.

Hemsky was open in the left circle and whipped in a fat rebound of Ray Whitney's shot from the point to make it 2-1 with 2:30 left. Eberle scored 35 seconds later when he slipped behind Chicago's defense, took a pass from Shawn Horcoff and broke in alone.

Gagner completed the spree with 1:56 left after Keith's clearing attempt struck referee Stephane Auger's skate. Magnus Paajarvi fed the loose puck to Gagner alone in the slot.

Kane cut it to 4-2 with 11 seconds remaining in the period from a goalmouth scramble. Cogliano tapped in Gilbert Brule's pin-point pass 2:08 into the second to make it 5-2. Dowell replied midway through the period to trim the Oilers' lead to 5-3 and Chicago regained some momentum.

It ended when Jones got behind the defense at the Chicago blue line, took Kurtis Foster's pass and scored with 2:34 left in the second. Sharp's screened power-play goal with 5:52 left in the third cut it to 6-4, but Gagner scored and empty-net goal with 1:22 left.

NOTES: Blackhawks F Ben Smith made his NHL debut after being called up from Rockford of the AHL to take Hossa's place on the roster. ... Chicago D Brian Campbell was on the ice for the team's morning skate as he recovers from a knee injury sustained in an Oct. 1 preseason game. He could return next week.

(This version CORRECTS Oilers 7, Blackhawks 4. Corrects to Eberle in first paragraph.)