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11/10/2006 10:06:48 PM


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ryan Smyth scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

The defending Western Conference champion Oilers had lost six of seven to fall to ninth place in the conference.

Ales Hemsky and Joffrey Lupul added goals for Edmonton, which opened the scoring with two goals 1:38 apart early in the second period.

Dwayne Roloson finished with 26 saves for the Oilers.

Anson Carter scored his second goal in 14 games for Columbus, which had won two of three, but hasn't won back-to-back games in a month.

After a scoreless first period with both teams' goaltenders stopping quality scoring chances, Hemsky struck 40 seconds into the second.

The Oilers' Toby Petersen scooped up a loose puck in his end after Carter's stuff attempt was blocked. Hemsky took Petersen's pass at centre ice, glided into the zone and fired a wrist shot from the right circle past Pascal Leclaire.

Lupul made it 2-0 with his fourth of the season at 2:18, stepping off the left half-boards and around Columbus' Dan Fritsche before squeezing a snap shot under Leclaire's right arm.

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