Hemsky scores twice in Oilers victory

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Ales Hemsky's scoring surge has the
Edmonton Oilers on a winning streak.

Hemsky scored twice and Edmonton won its third straight game,
5-1 over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. The
22-year-old right wing has eight points in the past three games on
three goals and five assists.

"It's good for the confidence," he said. "I play better with
the puck right now."

Todd Harvey and Raffi Torres also scored for Edmonton. Ryan
Smyth and Hemsky scored on the power play in the second period, and
defenseman Chris Pronger added two assists.

The Oilers went seven games without a win before their current

"It's nice to feed off some confidence," Smyth said. "A few
guys are going good right now."

Edmonton has been waiting for a breakout season from Hemsky,
drafted 13th overall in 2001. He had a career-best 12 goals in 71
games for the Oilers in 2003-04 and scored 13 goals in 47 games
with hometown Pardubice of the Czech Elite during the NHL lockout.

"You think it's going to be a seamless transition," Edmonton
coach Craig MacTavish said. "He's making lots of plays."

Rostislav Klesla scored for Columbus, which lost its fifth
straight road game and slipped to 1-8-0 overall in Edmonton.

Harvey scored his first goal for the Oilers in the first period,
and George Laraque earned his 100th NHL point with an assist
following some nifty stick work behind the net.

"That was the hardest one to get," Laraque said. "It seems
like it took 20 years."

Hemsky wristed a shot past Marc Denis at 2:55 of the second
period on a power play. His second goal of the season, with former
Oiler Todd Marchant in the penalty box for hooking, came moments
after being caught with an errant high stick.

Smyth's power-play goal came at 17:41, after he got the puck
around a sprawling Adam Foote.

"It seemed like they wanted it more," Foote said. "We got

Torres' team-leading eighth goal made it 4-1 in the third, and
Hemsky tapped in his second goal 41 seconds later.

Klesla scored for Columbus in the first period, in his first
regular-season game this season after coming back from a stress
fracture in his right leg.

Edmonton center Mike Peca sustained a mild concussion after he
was hit by Rick Nash's elbow in the first period.

"He didn't see him," MacTavish said. "Bad timing."

Nash was playing just his second game of the season after
sustaining a high ankle sprain in training camp.

"I am sure if I was coming through the middle with my head
down, anybody would do the same thing to me," he said. "You don't
like to make those hits."

Game notes
Oilers center Shawn Horcoff limped off after taking Duvie
Westcott's shot off his ankle in the third period. ... The Oilers
now play a season-high seven road games in 12 days, starting
Thursday in Detroit. The long road trip is due to the Canadian
Finals Rodeo, Nov. 9-13 at Rexall Place. ... The teams meet again
Nov. 11 in Columbus . ... The crowd of 16,839 was the Oilers' sixth
sellout of the season.