Jacques and Zack inspired

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

NASHVILLE -- It's a line that, on paper at least, looks like it should be able to physically dominate a hockey game, and chip in the odd big goal.

With J.F. Jacques and Zack Stortini providing the speed and muscle on the wings, and Kyle Brodziak in the middle, it has all the making of the fourth line Edmonton's been missing since Curtis Glencross left.

And last night they transferred that potential from paper to ice.

They hemmed Nashville in its own end on the forecheck virtually all night and scored the goal to put Edmonton ahead 4-3 in the third period.

"Storts has been really good holding the puck down low and making plays," said Jacques, who got credit for the first goal of his NHL career.

"We can be physical presence there, make it tough on their D, it can be a big plus for us."

Coach Craig MacTavish liked what he saw from Jacques last night.

"That was the best game he's played as a member of our team," MacTavish said following the game.

"He was outstanding, he was great."

MacTavish had been optimistic before the game.

"J.F. has to be a factor in terms of using his speed and his physical play. Hopefully he can add the same type of element that Glencross added last year.

"He's not as good with the puck at this stage, but he's got to find a way to make plays. If he does that he's going to be an effective NHL player."

Jacques, who returned from a year-long back injury, played a game and then sat out the next four, looked like a guy who was happy to be back in the mix.

"I've been there before and it's a thing that you never like," he said of sitting out. "But you have to be ready when you get the tap on the back."


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