Reasoner runs with Top 5 spot

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

Earlier this week Marty Reasoner had joked about being in trouble if he scored.

With his shoulder injury, the Edmonton Oilers forward had difficulty lifting his arms over his head.

Last night, Reasoner got his arms up high enough after scoring the shootout winner.

"I never thought I would be in the Top 5 when it comes to the shootout order," Reasoner said.

"We've had that discussion many times and I thought I was just behind Ethan Moreau when he's healthy and just in front of Steve Staios - maybe somewhere in the double-digits.

"But it was good to go and get a chance to help. The puck found the back of the net and it hasn't found the back of the net that often for me this year."

It was Reasoner's first game back, having missed nine games with a shoulder injury after human freight train Derek Boogaard of the Minnesota Wild ran into him on March 1.

"Marty played a terrific game," said Craig MacTavish. "He had the experience, was in the right spot, did a good job in the d-zone, made a bunch of plays himself and made a big difference."

Reasoner joined Ales Hemsky and Tom Gilbert as Oilers returninf grom injury.

Reasoner finished the game with and even plus/minus rating, logging over 20 minutes of ice time, playing on a line with Raffi Torres and Fernando Pisani. He got the call in the shootout after Hemsky, Petr Sykora, Pisani, and Joffrey Lupul failed to score.

"My legs felt good," Reasoner said. "It was a little tough earlier getting my hands and feet to work as one. You can practice as hard as you want, but when you get into games, things happen a little quicker. I had a few miscues with the puck early, but it got better."


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