O'Sullivan seems snake-bit

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

ST. PAUL -- Patrick O'Sullivan could have easily scored three goals on this road trip.

However, the Edmonton Oilers winger had to settle for a couple of goalposts and a handful of squandered opportunities.

"I've been getting some good chances," said O'Sullivan following the Oilers 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild yesterday. "It's pretty frustrating, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

"Hopefully I can get one soon and it'll start going the other way, hopefully I'll be able to get some bounces."

O'Sullivan had one of the Oilers best chances to score in Minnesota, redirecting a Shawn Horcoff pass off the goal post in the first period.

The Oilers outshot the Wild 15-2 in the opening frame, but could not beat goaltender Niklas Backstrom.

"That's the frustrating part about the loss," O'Sullivan said. "We got off to such a good start. If we were able to get one or two early, because we had so many chances, then it's a different game."

Since being acquired by the Oilers just prior to the trade deadline earlier this month, O'Sullivan has a goal and two assists in nine games.

However, after being promoted to the Oilers top line to play with Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff, O'Sullivan has had a number of high-quality chances. He seems to get at least a couple in every game.

"We need some productivity out of that line, there's no question about that," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "Hemmer's played very well at times during this trip, but it's a case where we need productivity from that unit.

"Tonight, we really needed a goal out of that line."

Prior to joining the Oilers, O'Sullivan, 24, had 14 goals and 24 assists in 62 games with the Los Angeles Kings.

Yesterday, apart from, bouncing a redirection off the post, the native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, had three shots on net.

"You have to try and not get frustrated," O'Sullivan said.

"If you're not scoring, you have to try and do other things that are going to help the team win games."


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