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Pouliot gets chance to move up

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

Marc Pouliot got an opportunity to move up in the lineup when Robert Nilsson was told to ride the pine.

And it was his attempt to jam in a puck at the side of the net, which set up the tying goal in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Pouliot found himself on the power play due to the way he and Sam Gagner were playing together in the third period.

"We had some good chemistry on the power play," Pouliot said.

"He's a great player. He can make plays, he's a good passer, and we know where we're both going to be on the ice.

"We just want to keep that going in the next game."

Pouliot has struggled to find a proper fit in the Oilers lineup.

A goal-scorer both in junior and the minors, the native of Quebec City has been unable to find that same proficiency in the NHL.

He's been relegated to a checking role with Oilers, rarely getting an opportunity to play above the bottom two lines. Pouliot has four goals and four assists in 31 games this season

Yet with Nilsson's benching, Pouliot got a lot of ice time as the Oilers attempted to come back from a two-goal deficit against the Ducks.

"It was good that he (head coach Craig MacTavish) trusted us," Pouliot said.

"We just wanted to keep things simple, get the puck to the net and all coaches like it if you shoot the puck and create chances."

The Oilers fired 21 shots at Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller in the third period. They had 53 shots in total.

"He played well, although there were a lot of shots from the outside," Pouliot said.

"We dominated in that third period and if we're able to play 60 minutes like that, we would have won the game for sure."


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