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Associated Press
12/10/2006 10:03:13 PM


CHICAGO (AP) - Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski each had a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.

Tuomo Ruutu and Denis Arkhipov added goals for Chicago, which remained unbeaten in regulation in seven games (4-0-3) under coach Denis Savard. The Blackhawks, however, hadn't won in their last three games, falling twice in shootouts and once in overtime.

Havlat has three goals and two assists in two games after missing 19 contests with a sprained ankle.

Jarret Stoll converted a second-period penalty shot for the Oilers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 18 shots, while Edmonton's Dwayne Roloson blocked 23.

Edmonton's league-leading penalty killing kept the game close. The Oilers held off all 10 Chicago power plays - including three 5-on-3 advantages - and stretched their consecutive penalty kills to 23 over four games.

Ruutu opened the scoring 8:26 into the game from just in front of the crease. Lasse Kukkonen's shot from the right point hit Ruutu in the stomach, then dropped to the ice. Ruutu turned and fired the loose puck past Roloson.

Smolinksi made it 2-0 with 6:49 left in the opening period. With Roloson down, he fired into a wide-open net after taking a short feed across the slot from Havlat.

Stoll's penalty-shot goal came at 4:34 of the second period. He fired a wrist shot between Khabibulin's pads. Stoll was awarded the attempt after being pulled down by Jassen Cullimore.

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