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Rough day for Gilbert

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Tom Gilbert was looking for a net to crawl into a couple of times yesterday.

His own -- right next to the puck -- was the closest.

The Oilers defenceman, who'd been playing very well the last while, five points in his previous four games, was at fault on both Nashville goals in the 2-1 loss to the Predators.

First, he mishandled a pass from Dwayne Roloson (which, in Gilbert's defence, was a bit of a hand grenade) that led to J.P. Dumont's second-period goal.

Then he watched Martin Erat skate right past him and break in all alone for what turned out to be the winner in the third period.

"I was looking all around and didn't notice (Erat) until I turned my head back the other way," Gilbert sighed afterwards.

"I caught him coming up behind me at the last second. I wish I could get that one back."

"For whatever reason, he stopped skating on the play," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish.

On the first one, in which Roloson sent out a soft pass into the faceoff circle that Gilbert fumbled and Dumont stripped, MacTavish thought both his players were at fault.

"(Gilbert) assumed there was nobody on him," said the coach. "And it was a play from Roli, who's done a spectacular job handling the puck, that put him a little bit of a difficult situation.

"The play should have been made a little deeper and he might have been able to recover."

Gilbert's been pretty good lately, so MacTavish is willing to chalk it up to a bad night.

"He's a good player, but a couple of bad things happened to him tonight."


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