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Gilbert took one on the kneebone

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

DENVER -- The shot hit Tom Gilbert on the outside of the knee.

Then his leg went numb.

Yesterday the Edmonton Oilers defenceman was not feeling any ill effects from the puck he took in the third period of Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues.

But at the time he feared the worst.

"It was scary," Gilbert said. "It was one of those ones where you're skating off to the bench and you're hoping it's not a broken bone or anything like that.

"It just hit me on the wrong spot right on the outside of the knee, right on the bone. But actually I got pretty lucky, it feels pretty good today."

Gilbert, 25, went down to block a Brad Boyes attempt and immediately headed to the bench after being hit.

He was unable to put any weight on his left leg and nearly collapsed on his way there.

He was able to recover and went back out to play the rest of the game. He finished the contest with 24:50 of ice time, second only to Denis Grebeshkov who led the way with 27:01.

"I was fine after that," Gilbert said. "I'll be able to play tomorrow, even if I have to go out there with one leg."

PITKANEN BENCHED

Joni Pitkanen found himself on the bench for an extended period Tuesday after the Blues tied the game. The defenceman had a tough game, battling the puck all night.

Despite picking up an assist on Sam Gagner's power-play goal in the first period, which gave the Oilers a 3-0 lead, Pitkanen finished minus-one in the contest.

"He had a rough night and we'll rejig his game and see how he does (tomorrow)," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "There are some issues to his game like there are for every player, it's just a case of working through some of those issues. But there are a lot of things that he does and can do to help us and we're going to need him down the stretch to play his best hockey."

Pitkanen, 24, has seven goals and 12 assists in 52 games with the Oilers this season. However due to his smooth skating stride and his ability to jump up into the rush, even more is expected out of the talented Finn.

Last season he registered 43 points with the Flyers and they year before that had 46 points.

"Definitely I would like to have more points this season," Pitkanen said.


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