Another Oilers loss by Razor-thin margin

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

Making their first appearance in Toronto in 39 months, the Edmonton Oilers witnessed some rare sights last night.

They saw Dave Keon make his triumphant return, much to the glee of the capacity crowd at the Air Canada Centre.

They watched young Maple Leaf Brendan Bell play forward for the first time since he was eight years old.

Heck, just being in Toronto must have felt strange for the Oilers, who had not played at the Air Canada Centre since Nov. 2003.

Unfortunately for coach Craig MacTavish, there was one familiar theme on this night.

A tough loss.

Standing behind the Oilers bench, MacTavish felt helpless as Sean Horcoff was robbed by Leafs goaltender Andrew Raycroft in the game's waning moments, leaving Edmonton on the wrong end of a 4-3 decision.

It was the third consecutive loss, and second by just one goal, for the Oilers.

Edmonton is in danger of falling out of the Western Conference playoff race.

Asked if every game is critical for his club the rest of the way, MacTavish replied "That's an understatement.

"Time ran out on us. Raycroft made a big save in the end."

The mood understandably was much more upbeat down the hall in the Leafs dressing room, where the modern-day Leafs had posed with the '67 team for a group photo prior to the game.

"It was so cool to have a picture of the two teams taken like that," centre Matt Stajan said.

Informed that Keon was fine with Stajan wearing his old No. 14, the young forward smiled. "It was a treat to meet someone like that before the game," Stajan said. "He had some kind words for me.

"When I first wore the number, his son, Dave Jr., said it was fine. For him to say that, well, it was a relief.

As for Bell, the young defenceman moved up front after Boyd Devereaux's ailing wrist flared up again.

"I've never played a full game up there so it was different," he said. "You have to keep your feet moving up front. I had six or seven shifts and was bagged after each one.

"Hey, I'll fill in for one shift a night up there if that's what they need."


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