Charmed life

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

GRANDE PRAIRIE -- Three's a charm for Petr Sykora.

His hat trick in yesterday's scrimmage certainly charmed the pants off a sold out Coca-Cola Centre.

Taking feeds from linemates Raffi Torres and Ales Hemsky, the newly acquired Oiler stole the show on Day 2, pacing his side to a 5-2 victory over a White team that included Ryan Smyth, Shawn Horcoff, Fernando Pisani, Alexei Mikhnov and Rob Schremp.

"It was just one of those days that everything goes in,'' said Sykora, who scored all three of his markers on one-timers past Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers.

"It's not much different than yesterday. I had three shots and they didn't go in. Today I had three shots and they did go in.''

Hemsky also scored for the line, providing the highlight of the afternoon with a nice dipsy-doodle through traffic.

For a guy who's just getting used to a new position, centre, Sykora looked quite at home.

"I need to work on faceoffs. I wasn't very good today,'' he said. "It just takes a little bit of time.''

What hasn't taken long to develop is his chemistry with Hemsky. They've been brilliant.

"Playing with a guy like Hemmer, he always wants the puck and he always wants to skate it in, so it's not difficult to get used to him. You just have to know where he is. I try to get the puck to him and look for a pass in the slot.''

Sykora says it would be great if the coaches kept this trio together in the regular season, but adds that there aren't many players here a goal scorer wouldn't want to play with.

"There's probably six or seven forwards who can play on the first line,'' he said.

"When you have so many offensive-minded players on a team like this, it doesn't matter who's out there - anybody can play with anybody here.

"You always get those scoring chances, you always get the offence, and that's where I want to be.''

And that's why he came to Edmonton.

"I love to play with the kind of guys on this team. They are young and they have chemistry going. They had something special going last year and when I had an opportunity to be part of it, I didn't wait.''


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