Blackhawks winger ­Marian Hossa keeps plugging along. It doesn't matter if it's Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane as his center. Hossa has just been a load to handle this season.

Hossa had two more assists Sunday as the Hawks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 at the United Center. He had a plus-2 to improve his season rating to plus-13, which is the second-best mark in the league.

"With Kaner with him and Jonny now, he seems to be having the puck a lot," coach Joel Quenneville said. "And, he's done some nice things."

It's hard not to notice Hossa on the ice. Hossa's stuff attempt led to Toews' second goal Sunday, and his pass set up Duncan Keith for a wrist shot for a goal. Hossa has eight goals and 18 points in 17 games.

Quenneville said it was hard to split up Hossa and Kane, a lethal pairing from the start of the season, when his team hit their recent rough patch. But Toews and Hossa work just as well together.

"You try to get him puck more often," Toews said. "Hossa is one of those guys who knows how to play on both sides of the puck. He does it as effortlessly as he can. He's not an easy guy to keep the puck away from. It helps to have him out there especially in your own zone."