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Edmonton Oilers' Jarret Stoll celebrates his goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during NHL pre-season...

Edmonton Oilers' Jarret Stoll celebrates his goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during NHL pre-season action at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Sunday. (Winnipeg Sun/Jason Halstead)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

GRANDE PRAIRIE -- The Edmonton Oilers got their celebrations mixed up yesterday; you're supposed to light candles on someone's birthday, not fireworks.

But in the final game of their training camp tournament in Grande Prairie, the Joey Moss Cup, their offensive sparkplugs lit the place up like it was Canada Day.

Shawn Horcoff turned the hat trick on the day he turned 28, while linemates Ryan Smyth and Fernando Pisani added three goals and four assists in a 6-3 Blue victory.

At the other end, Petr Sykora and Ales Hemsky continued their early magic, with Hemsky feeding seeing-eye passes to his countryman, who peppered the beleaguered netminders like they were his own personal shooting gallery ducks. He had a goal and two assists to go with his three-goal game on Saturday. If this is any indication of what to expect this season, holy cow!

DEPTH UP FRONT

"You're kind of seeing the depth that we have up front," said Horcoff, who had two goals in the first and an empty netter in the third. "Any given night, as long as we have any given line going, we're going to have a chance to win. And the nights that we're all going ... look out.

"Half our roster is playing in Winnipeg and we can still put two lines like that on the ice."

Indeed, Joffrey Lupul, Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres weren't even here and the light show was dazzling. Granted, this is pre-season and in a lot of instances those gifted veterans are dancing around wide-eyed rookies and minor leaguers, but there's no ignoring the weapons Craig MacTavish will have at his disposal.

"It's one of those things that it doesn't even really matter if you're on the first line or the third line, everybody is talented and everybody can makes plays," said Pisani. "It doesn't really matter where you fit in the lineup, you're going to be playing with someone who will get you the puck if you're in the right place."

In Saturday's scrimmage Sykora and Hemsky ate the Horcoff-Smyth-Pisani line's lunch, counting for four highlight goals in a 5-2 win. It didn't sit well with the trio.

REDEMPTION

"We wanted a little redemption from (the) last game," grinned Pisani. "They kind of took it to us. We wanted to give a little payback."

That's the way it's going to be all year, one line pushing the other, with players fighting for ice time and power play time.

"And that's what you want; you want to push each other, you want to go out there and compete to score goals," said Horcoff. "It's motivating for us. To see the way they gave it to us yesterday, that pushed us to get better.

"That healthy competitiveness is always a good thing. You see it on the top teams in the league - it's not just one line that carries them, there's two and sometimes three. It's that depth that's going to make us successful."

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WHO'S HOT?

SHAWN HORCOFF: Hat trick on his birthday in making it known that he can still be an offensive leader on a team this deep.

PETR SYKORA: Doesn't need much time and space, and always seems to find it. And that one-timer is scary.

WHAT'S NOT?

ROB SCHREMP: In a free-wheeling game he didn't stand out offensively and his play in the defensive zone and away from the puck wasn't good.

MARC ANTOINE POULIOT: This is supposed to be the year he steps up and challenges for a position. In a game with a lot of rookies in it, you hardly noticed him.


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