Final SO

Series (Game 2 of 8)

Minnesota leads 5-3

Game 1: Wednesday, October 10th
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Game 2: Thursday, October 25th
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SO
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Game 3: Monday, November 5th
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Game 4: Thursday, November 15th
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Game 5: Saturday, December 29th
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OT
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Game 6: Tuesday, February 12th
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Game 7: Monday, March 24th
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Game 8: Wednesday, March 26th
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Wild 4

(7-1-2, 16 pts)

Oilers 5

(4-6-0, 8 pts)

9:00 PM ET, October 25, 2007

Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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MIN 0 2 2 04
EDM 2 1 1 15

S. Horcoff (Oilers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 2

A. Hemsky (Oilers - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

R. Torres (Oilers - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

Edmonton snaps two-game skid with win vs. Wild

Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Ales Hemsky doesn't mind scoring ugly goals if they help the Edmonton Oilers to a win.

Hemsky scored twice in regulation and added an unusual goal for the shootout winner as the Oilers ended a two-game losing skid with a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

After scoring a nice goal in the third, Hemsky went in with the shootout tied 1-1 and got an ugly one as he lost the handle on the puck, only to see it sneak through the legs of Wild goalie Josh Harding.

"I kind of lost it there but it went in anyway," Hemsky said. "It's nice to get the break and have some luck. I'll take the goal, no question."

He'll take the two he scored in regulation as well, his first two goals of the season.

"I knew it would come but I didn't know when," he said. "I was hoping and hoping it wouldn't take something like 20 games. I just wasn't getting any breaks. That changed tonight."

The Oilers haven't had many breaks to start the season and coach Craig MacTavish felt they were due to get some.

"We were talking about getting some breaks and they came tonight," he said. "We'd already had a couple and then we got the final one in the shootout."

Shawn Horcoff also scored twice and added two assists for Edmonton (4-6-0), which won for just the second time in its past eight games. It was also the first time in seven games and only the fourth in their past 17 that Edmonton was able to defeat the Wild.

James Sheppard, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Brian Rolston and Mark Parrish scored for Minnesota (7-1-2), which lost for the second consecutive night, but still has points in all but one of its games this season.

The Oilers got to Harding just 3 1/2 minutes in, as defenseman Ladislav Smid's wrist shot was tipped into the net by Horcoff.

Edmonton extended its lead midway through the first, after Hemsky picked up a loose puck in front of the net and snapped a shot over Harding's shoulder.

After some sustained pressure in the second period, Minnesota cut into the lead on Sheppard's first career NHL goal, knocking his own rebound past Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Edmonton bounced back less than a minute later as Horcoff's shot hit Harding, bounced off Wild defender Kim Johnsson and went in to make it 3-1. It was only Edmonton's second power-play goal in 38 attempts on the season.

Minnesota made it 3-2 with five minutes remaining in the period after Nick Schultz's point shot was deflected in front and trickled past Roloson to Bouchard, who sent a backhand shot into the open net.

Rolston evened the score early in the third period, converting an Eric Belanger shot that caromed off defender Tom Gilbert's skates directly to him at the side of the goal.

Edmonton regained the lead five minutes later on a highlight-reel goal by Hemsky as he got past Johnsson and deked out Harding before sliding it through his legs.

"I think that was the best he's ever scored," Horcoff said. "From the ice it looked like he lost the puck three times. We were yelling 'shoot, shoot.' And then the second time it looked like he lost it, but he put it five-hole. It was something else."

"He can make the best of defensemen look pretty silly at times," MacTavish said.

Minnesota rallied midway through the period to tie it at 4-4 and send it to the shootout when Roloson mishandled a glove save on a shot by Parrish and it trickled over the goal line.

Game notes


Hemsky's first-period goal was his 200th NHL point. ... Pavol Demitra (groin) missed his second game in a row. He has three goals and five assists in eight games. ... Wild G Niklas Backstrom, who did not get the start, has been tough on the Oilers throughout his career with three shutouts and five wins in five meetings. Harding's only previous start against the Oilers was a shutout win.

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