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11/19/2006 1:25:10 AM


EDMONTON (CP) - Raffi Torres scored the winner in a shootout as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Saturday night.

Edmonton looked to have the win well in hand in regulation, but Detroit tied the game with just 3.9 seconds left. With an extra attacker on the ice, Dan Cleary's shot was tipped by Jiri Hudler past Oiler goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who had lost his stick on the play.

After a goalless overtime, it took six shooters aside before Torres beat Detroit starter Joey MacDonald and Roloson stopped Robert Lang to give the Oilers the win with a 3-2 shootout edge.

With the victory the Oilers improved to 11-8-1 on the year and 8-2 on home ice while Detroit, with its second straight loss in as many nights in Alberta, fell to 12-5-2.

The Oilers started the scoring four and a half minutes in when Ryan Smyth picked off a Chris Chelios pass and fed it to Shawn Horcoff. His one timer from in close beat MacDonald, who was making his first career NHL start.

It took the Red Wings less than three minutes to tie the game as Henrick Zetterberg found Kris Draper on a short-handed two-on-one break. Draper's shot was awkwardly gloved by Roloson, and after a lengthy review it was determined that his mitt was in the net when he made the save.

The Oilers caught a break midway through the first as Joffrey Lupul's backhand passing attempt from behind the goal-line was inadvertently kicked in by the left skate of a sliding MacDonald.

Detroit had a glorious opportunity to tie it again just a couple of minutes later, but Roloson made a huge glove save, diving across the crease to rob a wide-open Cleary to keep Edmonton up 2-1 after the first.

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