Tellqvist everywhere Oilers didn't want him to be

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:59 PM ET

Hot goaltending.

That's all the Edmonton Oilers need.

They got a heaping helping of it when the Toronto Maple Leafs came calling at Rexall Place last night. Unfortunately for the Oilers, it was Mikael Tellqvist providing most of the stellar stops.

Enough of them, while being caught in a hail of rubber much of the night, that the Maple Leafs blew town with a 3-2 victory in a game they had no business winning as Tellqvist made 36 saves and stole two points for them.

The Oil could use some of that, too.

"You can't go in expecting to score four goals every night," said Shawn Horcoff, who got the Oilers first goal and could've had more with seven shots. "The chances were there and we didn't capitalize."

Fresh from having a six-game win streak snapped in Calgary, the Leafs can thank Tellqvist for this one on a night Ed Belfour took a seat and enjoyed his handiwork a lot more than the Oilers did.

ONE-UPPED CONKLIN

Tellqvist made former Oiler Chad Kilger's goal 1:59 into the third period stand up as he one-upped Ty Conklin in a game the hosts dominated just about everywhere but in the goal crease.

"We're going to have to win some games 2-1 down the stretch," said a frustrated Ethan Moreau. "We played really well and we don't get the win.

"You can point to that we didn't bury our chances, but we scored two goals and we did everything we wanted to do.

''We're not going to score five every night. There's going to be nights like that where you're not going to get three, four or five."

Bryan McCabe did all the work on Toronto's 1-0 goal, jumping out the of the penalty box after serving a hooking call and racing in on Conklin, who stiffed him with the pad save.

When Matt Stajan shoved the rebound the last three feet over the goal line, the Oilers led in shots 7-3.

The Oilers were again carrying the play when Darcy Tucker snapped a wrist shot past Conklin on a power play with 49 ticks left in the first period. The shot clock read 14-5 Oilers, the scoreboard, 2-0 Maple Leafs.

"We didn't bury our chances, but he played well tonight," said Todd Harvey, who was credited with one shot and rattled another off the crossbar. "I thought he came in and stole one for them."

Tellqvist stayed sharp in the second period, as well. He swiped what should have been the 2-1 goal, making a glove save on a Horcoff rocket that had top shelf written all over it. Later, he frustrated Harvey.

When Tellqvist refused to yield with Ryan Smyth hacking at a puck on his doorstep on a power play, it looked like the Oilers might never force rubber past the stubborn Swede.

FINALLY ... OILERS SCORE

Horcoff finally put the Oil on the board and gave the 19th capacity crowd of the season something to yell about with 23 seconds left in the second when he redirected an Ales Hemsky pass behind Tellqvist.

But Kilger muffled any buzz - Conklin kicked a rebound onto his stick and he buried it.

Just like that the Maple Leafs had three goals on 13 shots and a 3-1 lead.

When Chris Pronger's point shot bounced off the end boards off Smyth's stick into the net with 5:27 to go, the joint was jumping again, but that's as close as the Oilers got.

"Tonight was the same situation, where we needed to get three or four and we didn't get it," Moreau said. "It's tough to do that every night."

MOREAU INJURED: Moreau was struck in the ribs by the back of Alexander Khavanov's skate boot late in the second period when he threw a body check at the Toronto player in the corner.

He left in pain but played the third period.


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