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Singular behaviour for Oilers

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

Come here often?

Are you tired, because you've been running through my mind all night?

Are those space pants, because your butt is out of this world?

Break out the cheesy lines because it was singles night again for the Edmonton Oilers.

For the second game in a row, and third time in the last five, they had designs on two points and had to settle for one, wheeling a rather unsightly OTL single into the night a few minutes before last call.

And trust the 16,839 people at Rexall Place after the 4-3 loss to Atlanta - this one didn't look good when the lights came on.

Edmonton had the lead at home, 3-2 in the second, but let Atlanta come back to tie it and let Marty Reasoner behind their defence to win it in overtime.

"We were up 3-2 and if you get that goal like good teams do," said Ethan Moreau, back in the lineup after missing four game with an eye injury.

"We haven't found a way to do that yet.

"If we can build on that, that will be huge for us. We have to get that killer instinct to get that next goal.

"But we're still in a position where if we play well we get in the playoffs. We don't have to catch anybody, we just have to take care of business."

Yeah, bit throw in a 6-5 overtime loss in Nashville last week, a game in which the Oilers also led late, and they could be in a lot more breathing room than they have right now.

These singles are either going to make them or break them, and we probably won't know for sure till April 11.

"It's frustrating," said defenceman Tom Gilbert. "When you're playing well and giving yourself a chance to win ... these last two games have been heartbreakers."

Especially considering Atlanta's best player, Ilya Kovalchuk, left the game five minutes into the first period.

"We got one point, but against this kind of team we have to get two points," said Robert Nilsson. "Otherwise it's going to be tough making the playoffs. We should have two points in this game."

Atlanta won the first period 2-1 on goals from Jim Slater and Bryan Little (Edmonton got a power play goal from Shawn Horcoff), but the Oilers stormed back in the second period, tying it 1:53 in on Patrick O'Sullivan's first goal since coming over at the trade deadline (four games)and moving in front 3-2 on Nilsson's first goal since coming back from the press box (two games).

Atlanta wasn't finished, though, and made it 3-3 on Zach Bogosian's power play point shot at 12:05.

The fireworks died down in the third, where there was no scoring.

The end came 50 seconds before overtime, when Andrew Cogliano turned the puck over just inside the blueline and Eric Perrin flipped a Hail Mary pass through the air to Reasoner, who scored on the breakaway.

Defenceman Tom Gilbert tried to bat the puck out of the air rather than turning

"I probably should have just turned around and I probably would have beat him to the puck," said Tom Gilbert. "But I got myself stuck."

Dustin Penner, back in the lineup after a healthy scratch, took two, five and 10 in the second period after Garret Exelby's late blindside hit on Ales Hemsky. Cheap, cheap call by referees Marc Joannette and Chris Rooney.

"Good for (Penner)," said Moreau.

"And I thought he played well before that. Hemmer gets hit late and Pens jumps in, that goes a long way with his teammates."

ROBERT.TYCHKOWSKI@SUNMEDIA.CA


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