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It's a screamer!

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 12:38 PM ET

At the morning skate Marc-Andre Bergeron felt the wrath of his head coach when Craig MacTavish screamed at him.

Later that night, the Oilers defenceman had a screamer of his own.

"If he wasn't our best defenceman tonight, he was awful close," said MacTavish. "We all need a wakeup call. Sometimes it's Bergie, sometimes it's somebody else.

"He just picked the wrong time to do something and it drew the attention of the coach, I guess. But he played well."

Bergeron scored his second goal of the season last night, firing a point shot past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. It was the Oilers' final goal of the night in a 5-1 victory.

Earlier, at the morning skate, MacTavish yelled at Bergeron during a drill.

"Whenever we're out there practising, I expect attention to detail in parts of it," MacTavish said.

"He might have been in the wrong place at the wrong time this morning. But we have to be sharp and I didn't think he was at that time, like he was tonight. I thought he played one of his best games."

Bergeron has been in and out of MacTavish's doghouse all season.

Earlier this year he was a healthy scratch for two straight games after getting benched in Detroit.

It took Bergeron 19 games to score his first goal this season. He now has two in his last four games.

"I think he wanted to make sure that everybody was ready for the game and he was letting me know, I guess," Bergeron said.

"Hopefully I answered the bell and he's happy with me."

The goal gave Bergeron nine points on the year, putting him in a tie with Steve Staios for second among Oiler defenceman.

However, the Oilers were expecting more out of him offensively this season.

"It's the fifth goal of the game, so it doesn't mean much," Bergeron said.

"I haven't been scoring much this year, but I feel like I've been shooting the puck well and I'm getting more confidence."

REASONER HURT

Marty Reasoner was having a great night.

Unfortunately, it came to an early end.

The Edmonton Oilers centre was drilled by Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook in the second period along the boards and eventually left the game with a suspected concussion.

"Marty got whacked and we're erring on the side of being conservative," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"He finished his shift, but he wasn't quite right going into the third period."

Reasoner had a goal and an assists before being forced to leave.

"We'll definitely be calling somebody up (today),'' said MacTavish. "We'll make the decision (today) and he'll likely be up here on Monday."


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