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12/7/2006 12:39:01 AM


EDMONTON (CP) - Jason Smith's first of the season proved to be the winner as the Edmonton Oilers knocked off the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 for a touch of revenge in a Stanley Cup rematch on Wednesday night.

Brad Winchester and Fernando Pisani also scored for the Oilers, while Craig Adams had the lone reply for the Canes.

With the win the Oilers (15-10-2) moved into sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division, two points up on the idle Minnesota Wild. Carolina lost both of their games in Alberta and now sit at 15-12-3.

It looked like Game Eight of the Stanley Cup final as both teams came out flying.

But the game remained scoreless through a spirited first period as both starters, Jussi Markkanen for the Oilers and Cam Ward for Carolina, were forced to make saves on scrambles, but came through when called upon.

The Oilers were first on the board when early in the second Brad Winchester fought for the puck in the corner, and then swung out front, picking the corner with a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Ward.

Carolina was able to tie it up with eight minutes remaining in the second as Craig Adams tipped a Eric Belanger shot through Markkanen's legs.

But the Oilers regained the advantage with just one minute left to go in the second when captain Jason Smith scored his first of the season on a blast from the point that found its way past Ward to make it 2-1.

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