Shutout boosts losing streak to 8

The Associated Press

Fernando Pisani scored twice and Ty Conklin stopped 23 shots, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-0 victory over the reeling Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Smyth and Jani Rita also scored for Edmonton, which moved within two points of the first-place Calgary Flames in the Northwest Division.

Conklin, who had lost his previous two starts, earned the Oilers' first shutout of the season and the second of his career. He had one as rookie on Nov. 13, 2003, against Minnesota.

The Blackhawks, shut out for the first time this season, lost their eighth straight and remain 25 points behind Detroit in the Central.

Horcoff got the Oilers on the board 2:47 into the game, converting a patient feed from Ales Hemsky off an odd-man rush.

Pisani shoved a rebound off Ethan Moreau's wraparound shot past Craig Anderson 5:42 into the second. His wrister off a pass from Mike Peca just more than 3 minutes later made it 3-0. Smyth capped Edmonton's three-goal period with a power-play score at 11:42.

Rita closed out the scoring with 2:01 left in the game.

Anderson stopped 25 shots in his third straight start filling in for the injured Nikolai Khabibulin.

Notes: Oilers rookie D Matt Greene had his first NHL fight in his second career game, in the first period against Todd Simpson, who went over 100 penalty minutes for the eighth time. ... Smyth has a goal in three straight games and a team-leading 10 with the man-advantage.

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