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Missed it by that much

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

DENVER -- Kyle Brodziak was still in disbelief sitting in his stall after the game.

In the first period the Edmonton Oilers forward had a wide-open net to shoot at - we're talking wide open - but rung the puck off the crossbar.

It's the type of miss nightmares are made of.

"Sandy (Geoff Sanderson) made a great pass," Brodziak said. "I thought I did the right thing. I looked, I saw I had the open net. In my mind I just said to shoot it in the middle of the net and I just made a bad shot."

Sanderson had set up Brodziak on a two-on-one with an impressive feed over an Avalanche defenceman.

With goaltender Peter Budaj having come out of his net expecting a shot, Brodziak was left all alone in front.

"It was just a stupid play and one I wish I could have back," he said. "But that's the way it goes sometimes, it's obviously frustrating. I know I need to bury those and that's a play that could change the game around."

At the time, the Oilers were being completely dominated by the Avalanche en route to a 4-2 loss. The Oilers had yet to register a shot and were already down 2-0.

"I don't think that (goal) would have done anything based on the way we were playing at that time," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"There was nothing through the first period or the first 30 minutes of the game that led me to believe we were able to correct that train wreck."

Heading into the contest, Brodziak had four goals and five assists in 23 games this season. He had come in having registered a point in three of his last four games.

"I tried the whole game to try to make up for it and I couldn't, that's probably the most frustrating part," he said. "It's something I know as soon as I missed it that I have to let it go. What are you going to do about it, except try and make up for it on the next shift?

"I tried my best to go out there and get it back. It's frustrating, but I'm not going to let it rattle my confidence or anything like that."


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