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Gagner gets Jiggy in Anaheim

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

The move was so good, all Jean-Sebastien Giguere could do was look up to the heavens in disbelief.

Sam Gagner faked him out of his socks in the shootout Sunday leaving the Anaheim Ducks goaltender on one side of the net while the Edmonton Oiler rookie was with the puck at the other.

It was the second time Gagner was asked to take part in the shootout this season and the second time he scored with an impressive display of stick handling.

"It worked last time," Gagner said.

"I just wanted to get him moving and it ended up working again, but I think I might have to change it up next time though."

On the advice of defenceman Denis Grebeshkov, Gagner would not go into details on the specifics of the shootout move he's used to beat Giguere and Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding.

"Don't tell him," smiled Grebeshkov.

It's probably good advice.

But at the rate Gagner's going, it won't be long before the 18-year-old becomes recognized for his prowess in the shootout throughout the league.

He's already become the first guy Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish taps on the shoulder to take a shot.

"Any time you get a chance to help your team win you want to jump on it," Gagner said. "It was obviously a great feeling to get the chance and then to bury it.

"It was definitely a character game for us.

"We battled through a lot of adversity, we came back late in the game and a lot of guys stepped up for us. It was a big win."

Gagner and Ales Hemsky scored for the Oilers in the shootout to earn the victory over the Ducks.

It's the third time this season they've gone into a shootout and it's the third time they've won.

Gagner's been involved in the last two and it's a good bet he'll be called on again when the time comes.

Whether he makes the same move, however, remains to be seen.

"Same move or not, I just try to get the goalie moving with a couple of fakes," Gagner said. "If he opens up early and I can get a shot off and score then that's what I'll do, if not I'll try to go around him."

GAME NOTES

Henrik Zetterberg has at least a point in every game this season for the Red Wings ... Ales Hemsky goes into tonight's contest on a three-game scoring streak. The Oilers winger has two goals and two assists during that time ... Oilers forward J-F Jacques is still looking for his first NHL point. In 52 games through three seasons the Oilers left winger is pointless ... Sheldon Souray is still at least a couple of weeks away from returning to the lineup. The Oilers defenceman separated his shoulder on

HURT PARADE

Oilers: C Fernando Pisani (colitis), LW Ethan Moreau (ankle), D Sheldon Souray (shoulder).

Red Wings: C Johan Franzen (knee), G Dominik Hasek (hip), D Niklas Kronwall (groin).

WHO TO WATCH

Ales Hemsky, Oilers

After going the first nine games without a goal, has scored three times in his last three games.nis at lor ing

Henrik Zetterberg, Wings

Leads the league in scoring with nine goals and 12 assists in 12 games.


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