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Stoll and Torres reunited

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- They're the best of friends off the ice and have been something of a prolific combination on it.

Back together as linemates in Monday's 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, Raffi Torres and Jarret Stoll looked like they'd never been apart in helping the Oilers improve to 5-0-0 at Rexall Place.

That's an act they hope to trot out again on the road when the puck drops against the Anaheim Ducks tonight.

"We felt it (chemistry) right away," said Stoll, who scored his first goal of the season on a blazing slapshot. "We pass the puck and we know where each other is, especially on the break-outs.

"I thought we made some plays.

"It was a good game for us. I've played with Raffi for what seems like so many years now."

JUGGLING

A tandem in stretches last season, and before that with the Edmonton Road Runners in the AHL during the lockout, Torres and Stoll were reunited on a line with Fernando Pisani when Craig MacTavish juggled his forwards after Ethan Moreau was injured against the Detroit Red Wings.

In a funk after starting the season alongside Petr Sykora and Ales Hemsky, Torres responded with a goal, his second of the season, a plus-2 rating and eight shots on goal against the Coyotes.

Stoll, without a goal in his first seven games, put the Oilers up 2-0 with his first goal a one-timer on a power play, and added an assist. Pisani was held off the score sheet, but had three shots. The trio was very good.

"It doesn't hurt that you like one another when you're playing together," MacTavish said. "It makes a big difference.

BEST OF FRIENDS

"Those guys are the best of friends. They should be a real good line, and don't forget, Fernie and Raffi had real good chemistry in the playoffs last spring.

"You've got to work for one another."

With Moreau out long-term - he's facing surgery to repair his dislocated right shoulder - and rookie Patrick Thoresen coming off a three-point night with Sykora and Hemsky, Torres, Stoll and Pisani should get every chance to stay together and see if they can get on a roll.

"I know what Raffi is trying to do and what he's all about, and Fernie, too," Stoll said.

"It's a matter of being on the same page.

"When one guy isn't, there's too many holes and it throws everything off."


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