Hurricanes score seven goals in rout of Oilers

Joe Corvo scored two power-play goals for the struggling unit, Eric Staal had four assists and the Carolina Hurricanes scored four times in the first 7 1/2 minutes Tuesday night in a 7-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

The Hurricanes forced an early change in the Edmonton net, taking a 4-0 lead against Nikolai Khabibulin on just eight shots.

Patrick Dwyer scored 26 seconds in after a rush down the ice, putting in Brandon Sutter’s shot off the pads of Khabibulin and starting the onslaught. Erik Cole scored 49 seconds later on the power play.

Edmonton, playing the second of a five-game U.S. road trip, has been outscored 21-10 in the first period this season.

Corvo scored his first power-play goal 4:10 in, taking a cross-ice pass from rookie Jeff Skinner. Three minutes later, Chad LaRose scored on a 4-on-2 breakaway, accepting a pass from Staal to score and send Khabibulin to the bench.

Corvo added a power-play goal early in the second period. The Hurricanes came into the game 8 for 66 on the power play, but they scored three times in their first four chances.

Skinner had a goal and two assists for Carolina, and Cam Ward made 22 saves. The Hurricanes have won two in a row and three of four. It is Carolina’s first win streak since it completed a season-opening sweep of Minnesota in Helsinki, Finland.