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Pisani's loss turns into big gain for Thoresen

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

BOSTON -- Patrick Thoresen played two and a half games during his brief stint with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

It would have been three if his equipment had made it on time.

"That's never happened to me before," Thoresen said. "My bag didn't make it, so I just had to wait. I didn't get in until the second period."

Thoresen collected one assist in his stint with the Penguins.

He was recalled on Monday to take Fernando Pisani's place in the Edmonton Oilers lineup.

Pisani suffered a concussion on Sunday when hit by Atlanta Thrashers defenceman Andy Sutton.

The Oilers forward did not make the trip to Boston and it's uncertain whether he'll be able to join the team at all during their seven-game road trip.

Last night Thoresen was slotted into Pisani's spot on the Oilers third line with Raffi Torres and Marc Pouliot.

"You never want to see anybody get hurt," Thoresen said. "But it happens, and I'll try to do my best to make the most of this opportunity."

In Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Thoresen was playing over 17 minutes a game, got time on the power play and killed penalties.

In 43 games with the Oilers this year Thoresen has two goals and eight assists.

"He's been looking for a spot to play and I'm glad he was in the minors to play a couple of games," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "It was good that he had a chance to go to the minors and get some ice time."


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