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Klesa scores in wild final minute to key Columbus past Edmonton


Published: Sat, March 11, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


COLUMBUS (AP) -- Rostislav Klesla scored from a hard angle in a wild final minute of overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over Edmonton on Saturday night.
A capacity crowd began to prematurely celebrate seconds after Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson was knocked to the ice by a teammate as he came out to handle the puck, resulting in Nikolai Zherdev's almost point-blank shot into an empty net.
But the puck bounced and he was unable to get off a good shot.
With the crowd still roaring, Klesla retrieved the puck behind the goal line in the left corner and threw a shot at the still reeling Roloson. The puck ricocheted in off him for only the second winning goal of Klesla's career.
Zherdev and linemate Sergei Fedorov each had a goal and an assist for Columbus, with Trevor Letowski adding a goal.
Ryan Smyth, Jaroslav Spacek and Michael Peca had goals for the Oilers, who hadn't lost in Columbus in more than four years. They blew two two-goal leads and lost for only the second time (against 16 wins) when leading after two periods.
Sergei Samsonov had two assists in his Oilers debut after being acquired in a trade with Boston on Thursday. Ales Hemsky also had two assists for Edmonton, 7-0-4 in its previous 11 games against the Blue Jackets.
Roloson fell to 0-2 since he was acquired Wednesday from Minnesota.
Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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