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Goal drought plaguing Thoresen

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

There are goal-scoring droughts.

And then there is the drought plaguing Patrick Thoresen.

Entering last night, the Edmonton Oilers forward had gone 46 games without a goal.

After starting the season with seven points (two goals, five assists) in the opening 12 games, the 23-year-old Norwegian hasn't scored since Oct. 17 against Vancouver.

"It is a little bit in my head," said Thoresen after yesterday's morning skate.

"It is a little frustrating.

"Especially after I came back from Wilkes-Barre (Penguins in the AHL on Feb 12) I felt like I had a lot of good opportunities to score goals, but I haven't been able to find the net."

For some players, they would be practically pulling their hair out.

But Thoresen believes life will improve.

"I know at one point it is going to open up and you will (hit) the post and (the puck will ricochet) in instead of post (and) out," he explained.

"I need to practise a lot on my shot.

"I can improve that a lot.

"If you look at the top scorers in the NHL, I don't think they are just lucky.

"I think they are very talented and good to shoot the puck and know where to put the puck."

But the personable NHL rookie also knows the clock is ticking and he must impress the coaching staff down the stretch.

"I just want to be a factor every night, improve my game and show the coaching staff that I belong here," he said.


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