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It's Toby time!

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

Toby Petersen shook his head when asked about the one that got away.

He can't believe it.

Petersen looked poised to score his first goal of the season on Saturday night when the puck bounced off the end-boards and headed straight for the front of the empty net.

But the journeyman player, just called up from the Iowa Stars, was unable to reach it. Marty Reasoner deposited it into the open net sealing the Oilers' 4-0 victory over the Washington Capitals.

"I thought it was going to bounce off the side of the net so I took a wide angle," Petersen said. "It didn't hit the side of the net, it went right in front. I couldn't reach it.

"Fortunately Marty was there."

Petersen has a goal as a member of the Oilers.

He scored it during the playoffs last spring.

Petersen scored during Game 3 of the Western Conference final against the Ducks.

He didn't dress for another game, but was along for the ride to the Stanley Cup final.

This year Petersen figured to be in the running for a roster spot at training camp. He was one of the Oilers' final cuts.

He was recalled on Friday and got into the lineup Saturday, playing alongside Brad Winchester and Reasoner on the Oilers' fourth line.

"I've always liked Toby," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"When putting together the opening-night lineup I knew he wouldn't get much ice time.

"But I knew things could change quickly. We would run into some injuries here or there and I thought he would be in a better position having played than sitting around here.

"I know, given an injury to any of our top forwards, he's a guy that I want here and I wanted him to have some game experience.

"Hopefully he doesn't look back and he's here for a long time."

Petersen had two goals and six assists in seven games with the Stars prior to his call-up.

The native of Minneaplis was originally chosen by the Penguins, 244th overall in 1998. The Oilers signed him as a free agent in 2004.

"This is all a guy could ask for," Petersen said.

"I got sent down, I worked as hard as I could, an opportunity arose and I found my way back into the lineup.

"It's a thrill and it's great to be here during the regular season. Hopefully I can be a positive contributor."

Petersen's opportunity arose when Ethan Moreau went down with a shoulder injury and neither Alexei Mikhnov nor J.F. Jacques could solidify their place in the lineup.

Petersen, who turned 28 on the day of his call-up, is a player MacTavish would not hesitate to play in any situation.

"I do not want to go back to Iowa," Petersen said.

"I really like Edmonton and I want to stay here.

"You hate to see guys get hurt, you don't want to see anyone go down.

"But you don't ask questions about why you're in the lineup. You are happy you're there and you try to keep that spot."


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