Someone to score

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

TORONTO -- The Edmonton Oilers need somebody to score.

Anybody.

Especially the guys who don't play on the first line.

"With one goal in two games, you're not going to win a lot of hockey games," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"We're concerned. We've got to get some more goals. We're lacking in that area, and it's a pretty fundamental area in the success of the game."

It's not as if they're not getting their chances.

The Oilers had 32 shots against the Boston Bruins and had seven power-play opportunities, but still came away empty.

They fired 28 shots on Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller on Thursday, but weren't able to beat him more than once.

"I thought we had a pretty good game (Thursday) night," said Oilers forward Petr Sykora.

"The first line scored a goal and had a lot of chances and the secondary scoring we had a couple of chances and couldn't score.

"But in this league, with the new rules, you have to score two or three goals a night to have a chance to win and we have to get some goals (tonight)."

Shawn Horcoff is the only player to score in the first two games of a seven-game road trip that continues tonight (5 p.m.) against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Against the Sabres Horcoff could have - and perhaps should have - scored three goals.

He finished the game with eight shots on net, his second-highest total of the season.

The Oilers' top line of Horcoff, Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky have done most of the scoring since being reunited.

In their last five wins the trio has combined for 30 points.

In the same span, only Raffi Torres and Joffrey Lupul have scored at least two goals.

"As of late we haven't had (secondary scoring) and we feel we want to be able to capitalize on our chances as a team," said Smyth.

"We feel we've got the depth to do that. At the start of the year we were able to fill the net and now we have to answer the call."

Lupul has two goals in his last 12 games.

Sykora has one in his last 14 games.

Marty Reasoner has one goal in 35 games.

Peter Nedved scored in his first game as an Oiler and hasn't found the net in the 18 games since.

"We're getting the chances, but we're not scoring those rebound-type goals," Sykora said. "We always have to score those pretty goals. We have to go to the net, create that traffic and make it tougher for the goalies.

"Right now it's just the way things are going. In Boston I thought we played a pretty solid hockey game. I think it's going to turn around. We're going to start to get those bounces and the puck is going in. There are a lot of guys - including me - that are due to score."

The Oilers' playoff hopes depend on it.

With five games left in the Oilers longest road trip of the season, the first line can't do it all on their own.

"It's definitely a concern, because we've put ourselves in a spot where we have to win these games. It's not a good time for it to go dry, but we're working," Lupul said.

"We had some good chances, but we have to find a way.

"Maybe it's not going to be a perfect shot, maybe you get one in off a leg, bounce it off one of their guys. We just have to keep getting pucks to the net and they're going to go in."


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