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A Thor on their side

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:25 AM ET

For a while it looked as though it would stand up as the winning goal.

Patrick Thoresen scored on an impressive redirection on Monday to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 lead over the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings would eventually tie the game, forcing the Oilers to go on and win it in a shootout.

But for Thoresen, who was just playing his second game of the season with the Oilers, the goal was big.

"I didn't play much, but I think the time I was out there, I think our line was effective," Thoresen said.

"I think our line with Fernie (Fernando Pisani) and Robert (Nilsson), we created chances and I think we brought energy to the team and at the same time provide a chance for guys like (Shawn) Horcoff and (Jarret) Stoll to take a break."

Thoresen's goal came late in the second period getting a stick on Nilsson's shot from the point and tipping through the legs of Kings goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin.

"It was a good shot by Robert," Thoresen said.

"The whole shift was a good shift.

"We had some shots before that too. I was just in heaven after that goal, I was so happy."

Thoresen had been down in Springfield all season before getting the call-up on Sunday. He met the team in California and was in the lineup in their 4-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

In 23 games in Springfield this season Thoresen had 12 goals and eight assists.

Last season, the native of Oslo, Norway was the surprise of training camp and made the team.

However, after a strong start, Thoresen's play tailed off a bit and he was sent down to the minors, only to be recalled after the Oilers rash of injuries at the end of the season.

He finished with four goals and 12 assists in 68 games.

"Thor's played flawlessly the last two games," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "He scored the big goal that ended up getting us the two points.

"He makes the right play with the puck at the right time.

"If he gets an opportunity he doesn't turn the puck over a lot. He can put it in deep, he can get the forecheck going, he's played very well."

Thoresen was called up to fill a roster spot for Ales Hemsky and Geoff Sanderson, neither of whom made the trip to California.

The two will be re-evaluated today to see if they are able to get back in the lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I felt good (Monday)," Thoresen said.

"Hopefully I can play a few more minutes, but everyone wants to play more. But the time I was out there I felt good."


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