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Pouliot comes up big in losing effort

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 11:59 AM ET

TORONTO -- Marc Pouliot wished he had more to show for his goal, his assist, his lost tooth and his cut lip.

A win would have been nice.

"I thought we played great, especially in the third period, we had a lot of chances," Pouliot said. "It's unfortunate that the period finished because I think if we had 10 more seconds we would have scored."

Pouliot had another strong game for the Oilers, scoring a goal on penalty-shot to pull them within a goal in the second period.

"Pouliot was great. He's going to be a good player and we need to develop some of those guys," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"It's good to see him elevate his game, he was maybe our best forward tonight and we're going to need that."

Pouliot was able to get behind the Maple Leafs in the second period and was tripped by defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo going in on a breakaway.

Pouliot took the ensuing penalty shot and made a nice move to lift the puck over Maple Leafs goaltender Andrew Raycroft.

Earlier in the contest he took a high stick from Chad Kilger and had to leave for repairs. Pouliot lost a tooth and needed stitches to his lip.

"That's my move in penalty shots," said Pouliot.

"I didn't think about it. I just made my move and I scored. That's the move I usually do."

There was plenty of pressure on the Oilers rookie when he stepped up to take the penalty shot.

His team was down by a pair of goals and desperately needed to get back in the game.

"There was a lot of pressure, but it wasn't the first time I did that, so I didn't really think about it," Pouliot said.

"MacT just told me to take a few big breaths to take it easy and do whatever I needed to do to score."


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