Moreau the merrier

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- Two games, three points and a penalty.

That's what Edmonton Oilers captain Ethan Moreau has to show since returning to the lineup.

With the exception of the late penalty he took in a 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, it's not a bad start.

"I feel good," Moreau said. "I didn't think it would really take too much time to get my game back. I think a big part of it is playing with Fernando (Pisani).

"I was hoping that's how it would play out and that would be the line combination, because he really helps me out there."

LINE ON FIRE

Moreau, Pisani and Andrew Cogliano combined for four points against the Blue Jackets.

Moreau, the Oilers captain, scored his team's first goal on Monday, taking advantage of a setup by Cogliano who slid the puck across the crease while getting knocked down.

Moreau essentially had an open net to shoot at. He then picked up an assist on Steve Staios's tying goal.

"The last time that I played regularly, we were in the Stanley Cup finals and we were so deep up front at that time, I had a different role," he said.

"But if I keep playing the minutes that I've been playing and keep getting put in the situations where I get to play with good players, I'll be able to get some points and score goals.

"You have to look at the lineup and see what you need to bring. If we're not scoring a lot we need to get scoring from secondary sources."

The Oilers head into tonight's contest against the St. Louis Blues, on a six game losing streak - with an overtime and shootout loss.

The team is struggling to score with Ales Hemsky out of the lineup and Shawn Horcoff going through his longest drought of the season - no goals in six games.

"We can't rely on Horc to do it every night," Moreau said.

"So we need everybody to recognize that, and get goals throughout the lineup."

SOURCE OF FRUSTRATION

The biggest source of frustration for the Oilers during their current losing skid has been the fact they've been in every game, but are giving up the critical goal.

Against the Blue Jackets, Moreau took a tripping penalty in the offensive zone putting the Oilers short-handed late in the third period.

The Jackets went on to score the winning goal on the power play.

"He (Kris Beech) did a good job going down," Moreau said.

"It's not a great play by me, that's one of those little things that you do every shift trying to get an advantage.

"If he goes down and doesn't get the call, we're on an odd-man situation going to the net, so it's a bit of a risk on his part, too.

"But if you break it down, it was a penalty. I was just trying to create some room."


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