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Oilers have one win in 8 games

12/10/2003

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Marty Murray came up big for the
Carolina Hurricanes.

The 5-foot-9 forward scored two goals to help the Hurricanes
snap a three-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory over the
Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Murray scored twice in the first period against goalie Tommy
Salo, making his first appearance after missing more than a month
because of a hip injury.

"It's been a while, too long I guess, but it was nice to
contribute," Murray said. "We got the win and that's the biggest
thing."

Radim Vrbata also scored for the Hurricanes, who won for just
the third time in 11 games, and Kevin Weekes made 25 stops for his
eighth win of the season.

Alexei Semenov and Ales Hemsky scored goals in the final four
minutes for Edmonton, 1-6-1-0 in its last eight games.

"Sixty minutes is what we need to be successful," Oilers
forward Ryan Smyth. "We didn't initiate as far as coming out
banging. That cost us some momentum."

Salo made 22 saves in his first game since Nov. 8.

"It doesn't matter how you give up the goals, you're still
disappointed," said Salo. "It's tough when you're down 2-0 and
the first period and you have to catch them."

Murray opened the scoring off a rebound midway through the first
period, and made it 2-0 about five minutes later, one-timing Brett
Hedican's point shot past Salo. Vrbata made it 3-0 on a
five-on-three power play early in the third period.

"Murray is a great player and he certainly has a nose for the
net," said Carolina forward Erik Cole, who assisted on Murray's
first goal. "He's quick and he's got a great set of hands. He was
Johnny-on-the-spot tonight."

Game Notes: Edmonton has surrendered at least one power-play goal in
nine straight games. ... The Oilers' NHL-worst power-play unit went
1-for-6.