Roloson helps Oilers drill Maple Leafs

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.”

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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.