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Horc slips under the wire

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

On Saturday, there was a tenth of a second left on the clock, but the goal didn't count. Last night there was no time left on the clock, and the goal did.

Shawn Horcoff put the finishing touches on a 4-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes last night with a goal officially coming with a tenth of a second on the game clock.

The Oilers centre tipped a Sheldon Souray point shot past Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov as the horn sounded to end the second period. After further review the goal stood.

Two nights earlier, Horcoff appeared to score with a tenth of a second left on the clock in the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks, poking the puck in off a scramble. On that occasion, it was ruled the timekeeper had stopped the clock prematurely before the puck crossed the line

"To be honest, in all fairness, I didn't think that one on Saturday was in," Horcoff said. "I thought it was a long five seconds when it was in their end and I finally poked it in.

"Tonight it felt as though it was in. You just react and you see it hit the net and it felt like it was after the buzzer. I knew it wasn't a high stick, so once on the ice they said it wasn't a high stick, I was pretty confident it was in."

Earlier in the contest, the Oilers were able to score two goals in a franchise-record seven-second span. Sheldon Souray was credited with the first one when Coyotes centre Matthew Lombardi banked the puck into his own net. Right after the face-off, Ales Hemsky was able to break in alone and beat Bryzgalov.

"We lost the face-off, but the puck was bouncing and I was able to jump on it," Hemsky said. "I was able to give it to Pens (Dustin Penner), and he made a really good play and I was able to get a breakaway."

The two goals gave the Oilers some separation in the contest.

"It's always great when you can pop two in quickly like that," said Ryan Potulny, who set up Ethan Moreau's opening goal of the contest. "Everyone feeds off that. It gives everyone a little bit more energy, a little bit more jump in our step."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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