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Canadian Press
12/15/2006 12:02:25 AM

EDMONTON (CP) - Jarret Stoll and Shawn Horcoff scored 14 seconds apart late in the third period as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-1 Thursday night and took sole possession of first place in the NHL's Northwest Division.

With just 4:38 remaining in regulation, Stoll picked up a blocked Marc-Andre Bergeron shot in the slot and out-fought Keith Carney for the puck before picking the upper right hand corner on Wild starter Manny Fernandez to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead.

Edmonton took the game outright 14 seconds later as Shawn Horcoff stole the puck in the Minnesota zone and undressed Petteri Nummelin before putting a backhand past Fernandez to give the Oilers the 3-1 win.

With the win, the Oilers retained top spot in the Northwest over the Wild. Edmonton is now 17-12-2 on the year with the Wild closely trailing at 16-13-2.

The Wild opened the scoring, connecting on their first shot of the game. Todd White looked like he might pass, but snuck a wrist shot stick-side on Edmonton starter Dwayne Roloson to put the Wild up 1-0 just under four minutes in.

The Oilers had a great chance to even the score with eight minutes gone in the second and a two-man advantage for 1:40, but Fernandez and the Minnesota penalty killers kept Edmonton from coming close.

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