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D-men's double debut is solid

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

PHOENIX -- Dick Tarnstrom and Jaroslav Spacek made their debut in Edmonton Oilers silks together in last night's 4-3 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.

Tarnstrom, acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday, and Spacek, obtained from the Chicago Blackhawks just an hour later, got tossed into the fray as a tandem.

Spacek, 31, played the left side with Tarnstrom in a regular rotation, got some power play time and killed penalties. Spacek picked up his first point in Oiler silks, getting the second assist on Ryan Smyth's second-period goal to put the Oil up 2-1. He was a plus-2.

"It's two points for us with the win. That's awesome," said Spacek. "I thought we played pretty well."

Tarnstrom, also 31, got some power play time, as well. He didn't get a point, but finished plus-1.

"I didn't have too much time to think about the game," Spacek said. "In a way, it was even better for me. I didn't play for a week, so I was kind of nervous."

Both players jetted into Arizona Saturday morning and skated with their new teammates for the first time that afternoon, so they hadn't had much time to figure things out before the puck dropped yesterday.


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