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NHL Game Summary - Florida at Edmonton

(Tuesday, January 2nd)

Final Score: Edmonton 4, Florida 1

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ales Hemsky's late second-period goal was the game-winner, as the Edmonton Oilers cruised past the Florida Panthers, 4-1, at Rexall Place.

Jarret Stoll recorded a pair of assists, and Raffi Torres, Fernando Pisani and Ryan Smyth lit the lamp for the Oilers, who halted a four-game losing skid, and also ended a three-game home losing streak. Dwayne Roloson snapped personal five-game losing streak, stopping 25 shots on the night.

Olli Jokinen posted the only goal of the game for the Panthers, who lost to halt a two-game win streak. Josef Stumpel and Martin Gelinas picked up assists, and Ed Belfour made 29 saves in the loss.

It was the Edmonton franchise's 1,000th all-time NHL victory. The Oilers hit a grand the third fastest in league history, reaching the milestone in 2,115 games since entering the league prior to the 1979-80 season.

A scoreless tie was broken with 6:35 left in the second period, when Torres picked up another of his typical gritty goals off a Jan Hejda feed.

The Oilers upped their lead to 2-0 on the power play at 18:06. Marc-Andre Bergeron's lead pass inside his own blue line hit Hemsky on the right wing, and the speedy forward outskated a Florida defenseman at the Panthers blue line, moved across the crease and beat Belfour with a backhander.

It was 3-0 in a four-on-four situation 9:23 into the third, when Pisani scored from a sharp angle along the outer edge of the right circle, slipping the disc past Belfour off the inside of his leg pad after the veteran netminder cheated by moving away from the goalpost.

Things got bleaker for Florida four and a half minutes later when Panthers defenseman Mike Van Ryn made a blind centering pass deep inside his own zone right to Smyth, who deked once and stashed the puck home for a 4-0 advantage.

Jokinen's blast on Florida's fourth man-advantage of the night off Stumpel's feed from right point beat Roloson over the shoulder, spoiling his shutout bid with 4:28 left in regulation.

Game Notes

It was the first game between the teams since January, 2004...Edmonton has won four of the last five meetings, and has not lost to the Panthers in Edmonton since January 5, 1996...The Oilers are 14-0-1 when leading after two periods, and the Panthers slip to 1-15-1 when trailing after two...Florida continues its Canadian road trip in Calgary on Thursday, while Edmonton stays home to host Dallas also on Thursday.

01/03 00:09:19 ET

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