VANCOUVER -- As if it wasn't bad enough they had get along without Ethan Moreau, Ales Hemsky, and Ryan Smyth because of injuries, the Edmonton Oilers had to contend with the pain their backsides named Mick McGeough at General Motors place last night.
"We shall overcome," then, was the rallying cry for the Oilers as they faced the Vancouver Canucks after three straight losses and Mick the Entertainer manning the whistle for one of their games for the first time since he stiffed them with his bogus glove-hand pass call on Shawn Horcoff in a 3-2 loss to Dallas Nov. 3.
ROLI BOUNCES BACK
Overcome the Oilers did, as Dwayne Roloson bounced back from back-to-back games with 36 saves for the shutout while Horcoff, Daniel Tjarnqvist, Joffrey Lupul and Raffi Torres took care of the other end in a 4-0 win.
McGeough? No trouble with him, either.
"We all have to pick up our game," said Roloson, who picked up his 20th career shutout and second of the year in his 24 appearance of this season.
"We can't use injuries as a crutch here. We have to make sure each guy individually is ready to go for the guy beside him."
After allowing six goals in a 7-3 loss to Colorado and three more in a 4-0 loss to Columbus, getting the hook in both outings, Roloson summoned his A-game against the offensively challenged Canucks. So did his teammates on a night nobody was making excuses.
"We had a little bit of a meeting yesterday and talked about the character of the team," said Horcoff, who got the winner with just his second goal in the last 18 games.
"I thought it really showed. We've always found a way to win when we really need it and we were able to do that tonight."
Outshot 11-4 in the opening 20 minutes, the Oilers got to the intermission up 1-0 thanks to Roloson and a power-play goal by Horcoff, who saw his shot tip off the stick of Kevin Bieksa then bounce off Willie Mitchell behind Roberto Luongo.
The Oilers made the most of Roloson's stinginess and Horcoff's good luck, emerging from the tunnel ready to roll.
They went up 3-0 when Tjarnqvist and Joffrey Lupul put pucks behind Luongo 34 seconds apart to start the second period.
"You can't take anything for granted, especially against a team like Edmonton," said Brendan Morrison.
"They have a lot of pride. In a big game like this, a divisional game, you can't overlook them.
"When guys are injured, it's an opportunity for guys to come in and show what they can do.
"You don't replace Hemsky and Smyth, but collectively a team like that can weather the storm."
KARMA ON SIDE, TOO
When the Canucks had what looked like the 3-1 goal by Daniel Sedin waved off by ref Mike Leggo on what he deemed goaltender interference by Henrik Sedin with 8:53 left in the second, the Oilers had karma and Roloson going for them.
"It's the 12-hour rule," said Roloson, asked about rebounding after being yanked twice.
"You use that time to evaluate and look at the things you need to get better.
"Then, you have to forget about it.
"Tomorrow is another day and another game. If you take that into the game, you'll be second-guessing yourself all the time. You have to forget it and go out and play."
AROUND THE RINK: Horcoff's goal snapped a 0-for-14 power play drought against the Canucks ... Matt Greene broke his nose in a first-period scrap with Tyler Bouck but returned in the second.