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Bounce back for Torres

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Last night Raffi Torres was in the spotlight for the right reasons.

The Edmonton Oilers forward who wore the goat horns following the Oilers loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday was one of the team's heroes last night in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

"For Raffi, he has been playing pretty well," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "We put a lot of pressure on the players to really respond in the Vancouver game and for him to end up sitting on that game was tough.

"But he bounced back."

It was sweet redemption for Torres.

He exorcized the demons of the Vancouver encounter by blowing a shot past Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin in the first period.

The goal gave the Oilers the 1-0 lead they would nurse into the third period to the 2-1 win.

"It was a great play by Bergy (Marc-Andre Bergeron)," said Torres. "I just wanted to get a good shot on net and I was lucky to beat him. I saw that he was in his net a little bit, but I was kind of far out. I just wanted to make sure I got good wood on it."

Torres ended up blowing his shot short-side on Khabibulin.

The goal was Torres's first in four games and 11th on the season. It would have stood up as the winner had Martin Havlat not scored with 32 seconds left to spoil Dwayne Roloson's shutout.

"It feels good," Torres said. "It's never fun when you're in the media for negative things. It's good to bounce back. When you have a good start like that, the team takes over and everyone helps out."

Against the Canucks on Tuesday, Torres took a pair of undisciplined penalties to put the Oilers two-men short.

The Canucks went on to score on both opportunities en route to a 5-2 win.

Last night Torres and the Oilers showed discipline, with only three penalties.

"We were focused on keeping our mouths shut," Torres said with a smile. "We were just playing hard. When you play smart and you play hard it's easy to play the game."

"This is a huge win, it was just what we needed.


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