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Roloson helps Oilers drill Maple Leafs

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TORONTO (Ticker) -- Dwayne Roloson made 39 saves and Kyle

Brodziak scored two goals as the Edmonton Oilers posted a 4-1

victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Ales Hemsky recorded a goal and an assist and Fernando Pisani

also tallied for the Oilers, who improved to 3-4-2 in their last

nine games.

"They were just throwing pucks at the net and a lot of times I

was not in a position to control the rebounds so you have to

give our defense a lot of credit tonight," Roloson said. "They

knocked rebounds away and got them to safe areas."

Alexei Ponikarovsky netted a power-play goal 68 seconds into the

second period for Toronto, which had won five of its previous


"We weren't able to get to any rebounds," Maple Leafs coach Ron

Wilson said. "They did a nice job in their own end and kept us

out of the middle. Roloson made a lot of stops. I am not

disappointed with the effort. We had some bad turnovers in the

neutral zone and they made us pay the price."

Edmonton used a second-period surge to avoid losing five

straight away from home for the first time since a nine-game

skid from February 25-April 5, 2007.

"It's unbelievable because of the tight race we are in,"

Brodziak said. "We felt we didn't play our best game in Ottawa

and tonight is a big relief for us and hopefully it can

re-energize our team."

Hemsky forged a tie 21 seconds after Ponikarovsky struck and

Brodziak gave the Oilers a lead they would not relinquish,

firing a wrist shot from the slot that sailed by Martin Gerber

at 8:34 of the session.

"Any time you can score right after the other team scores,

especially Ales who is underrated," Roloson said. "He does a

lot for this team and he's one of the biggest focal points for

us and he's playing great hockey."

Pisani ballooned the bulge to 3-1 with 9:15 remaining in the

second and Brodziak secured the victory by unleashing a wrist

shot from the high slot with 28 seconds left in the third for an

empty-net tally.

"We were fortunate to get a few breakaways and bury them,"

Brodziak said. "That's pretty much the story of the game that

we capitalized on the chances we had and the chances they had,

Dwayne shut them down."

Gerber stopped 14 shots in his second game with Toronto since

being claimed off waivers from the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.