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Horcoff latest to hit 20-goal mark

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:42 PM ET

Even in today's offensive-minded NHL, 20-goal scorers aren't a dime a dozen. They're a valuable commodity.

And, with Shawn Horcoff having hit the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career with the overtime winner in a 3-2 victory over Calgary Thursday, the Edmonton Oilers boast three of them.

With 15 games remaining, the Oilers could have as many as six 20-goal men if Sergei Samsonov (19), Jarret Stoll (18) and Ales Hemsky (16) join Horcoff, Ryan Smyth, who has 31, and Raffi Torres, who has 22.

No big deal? Yes it is, the Oilers haven't had that many since the 1991-92 season.

"It's still a big plateau for a lot of guys," Horcoff said. "It's a mark that everyone likes to get to. Personally, I didn't put too much emphasis on it, but I view myself more as a play-making centre."

The Oilers had eight players with 20-or-more goals in 1991-92 as Vincent Damphousse, Joe Murphy, Craig Simpson, Scott Mellanby, Bernie Nicholls, Kelly Buchberger and Anatoli Semenov reached or passed the standard.

"I'm more comfortable with the four lines we have now than I have been at any other point during the season," coach Craig MacTavish said. "When the scoring is spread out like that, it's a huge help."


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