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Brule did his job

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Gilbert Brule is not your typical minor-league callup.

The local product had already played the better part of two seasons in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets before getting assigned to the Springfield Falcons at the star of the year.

So it was little surprise Brule did not look out of place in the Oilers 3-2 overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

"He played well, I thought he played really well," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "He did a lot of things well, he had a big shot block, then he made a nice play in overtime, pushed the puck to the net and got us the power play that won us the game."

Brule drew the hooking penalty on Patrick Marleau, which gave the Oilers the power play in overtime.

Kyle Brodziak went on to score the winner on the ensuing four-on-three advantage, banking a shot off Sharks forward Christian Ehrhoft's skate and past goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

"Any time a guy comes up from the minors and is a main contributor in the win against a team like San Jose, it's a pretty good night for him," MacTavish said.

Having been called up the day before, Brule played 8:41, with three attempted shots, which were blocked, a hit and a pair of wins in the faceoff circle.

"I thought it was a pretty good game," Brule said. "Drawing the penalty in overtime is something that I think is going to help me get noticed.

"I was definitely a bit nervous at the beginning, but once I got out there playing I felt really comfortable and I felt really good actually."

Brule took concussed Sam Gagner's spot in the lineup. Brule is a former first-round draft choice of the Blue Jackets.

"It's nice that they showed confidence in me and put me out there in overtime," Brule said. "Now I just need to be consistent in my game. I can't falter, I just have to be smart, play smart and keep it simple."


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