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Oilers were killing it

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

Through the first couple of penalty kills, it looked as though it was only going to be a matter of time before the Edmonton Oilers conceded a goal to the St. Louis Blues.

The inability to kill off penalties has been one of the Oilers' biggest problems.

Yet, in large part to some strong goaltending from Dwayne Roloson, they survived first-period minors to Sheldon Souray, Sam Gagner and Steve MacIntyre.

Then the Oilers had the better chances when Ladislav Smid and Gilbert Brule were in the box in the second on their way to a 2-1 victory.

"It's just being aggressive; we were more in sync," said Oilers centre Shawn Horcoff. "Like Steve (Staios) on a couple of those plays in the second - both times he was getting great position on his guy - (where he) reacts to that chip along the wall and turns it almost into a three-on-one.

"The more the guys work together and get more comfortable with a certain group and a certain pairing, it just makes it a lot easier."

The Oilers had a trio of odd-man rushes in the second period during the penalty kill, which they failed to score on. However, they killed off all five minors in the contest.


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