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NHL: Edmonton 5, Minnesota 4 (SO)

  |   Oct. 26, 2007 at 1:06 AM
EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Alex Hemsky scored twice in regulation and then delivered the deciding goal in the shootout Thursday night, as the Edmonton Oilers defeated Minnesota, 5-4.

Minnesota tied the game with 11 minutes left in the third period.

After the teams traded goals to begin the shootout, three straight shots went by without a score. That led to Hemsky's effort, and he lost control of the puck as he headed for the net -- but goaltender Josh Harding fanned on it as the puck trickled through his pads and into the net.

Edmonton -- which won for only the second time in eight games -- got two goals and an assist from Shawn Horcoff.

Minnesota's James Sheppard scored his first NHL goal, as the Wild lost its second in a row. Minnesota lost in regulation for the first time this season Wednesday night.

The Oilers had dropped their previous six meetings with Minnesota.

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