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Oilers taking more shots

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Shoot it and they will come has been the message Edmonton Oilers head coach Pat Quinn has been trying to hammer home to his troops.

Last night it appeared that message got through, as the Oilers fired 33 shots at the Colorado Avalanche net in a 6-4 come-from-behind win at Rexall Place.

"We're starting to get more shots and playing more in the other teams end," said Oilers forward Patrick O'Sullivan, who scored the game winner. "In turn, we're keeping our shots-against down. That has been the case in the last four or five games, which is different than had been the case previously where we were being outshot.

"It's a number of things. It's a lot of hard work and better habits. When you do work hard and get into those good habits, you may not get what you deserve at the start, but if you continue to do the right things, it's going to change."

The Oilers were able to battle back from a 4-2 deficit in the contest.

O'Sullivan's winning goal came midway through the third period on a rebound. Ryan Potulny's tying goal early in the period was also a rebound. As was Sam Gagner's marker at the end of the second period to pull the Oilers to within one.

"The perfect play works maybe just 10% of the time," said Potulny.

"It looks nice when you do it, but it doesn't work too often. It's usually the sloppy goals when someone is there banging it in and that's what we did tonight. We have to stick to that."

Potulny's goal was his first career marker at Rexall Place. It was also his second of the season since getting called up from the Oilers AHL affiliate in Springfield. His first goal was also against the Avalanche just under two weeks ago in Denver.

"We needed to pop one there early in the third, when we were on the power play," Potulny said. "We were talking about how they were pressing hard. Sully (O'Sullivan) made a great play to hold it at the point. They came out to him and he bumped it down to Gags who fired it. Gibby had a swipe, then it kind of just came to me and I was in the right place at the right time and I just put it in."

Potulny, 25, scored 38 goals with the Springfield Falcons last season. He is looking to transfer that proficiency to the NHL level. He has two in six games with the Oilers.

"It felt nice to get that one," he said. "We were putting the pressure on them and couldn't pop one until then. I didn't even realize that was my first goal at Rexall, it feels good."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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