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Sekera scores OT winner, Talbot earns shutout as Oilers edge Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal (12) and Edmonton Oilers' Benoit Pouliot (67) battle for the puck as goalie Cam Ward (30) looks for the shot during second period NHL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday January 4, 2016.


Andrej Sekera scored the overtime winner and Cam Talbot made 29 saves to earn his first shutout of the season as the Edmonton Oilers won their second game in a row, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 1-0 on Monday.

The Oilers (17-21-3) have won nine of their last 11 games at home.

The Hurricanes (16-18-6) are on a two-game skid.

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The best chance in the scoreless first period belonged to Carolina, as Jordan Staal rang a shot of the post with five minutes left. The Hurricanes had nine shots in the opening frame on Talbot to six by Edmonton on Canes starter Cam Ward.

The Hurricanes continued to set the pace in the second period, but Justin Faulk missed a wide-open net with six minutes left in the second period to keep the game scoreless through 40 minutes with Carolina leading 18-14 on the shot clock.

Both goalies stood their ground through the third period as well, sending the game to extra time with the shots 27-21 for the Hurricanes.

The only goal of the game came 2:47 into the overtime period as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got the puck to former Hurricane Sekera, who was able to send a one-handed slash of his own rebound through Ward's legs.

The Hurricanes return to action on Wednesday in Vancouver against the Canucks, while the Oilers are off until Friday when they play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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