If there's a silver lining to the current situation with the Edmonton Oilers, it might very well be the play of Gilbert Brule.
The speedy forward has excelled after being promoted to the top line in the absence of Ales Hemsky.
"I feel good out there," Brule said after Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Canucks in Vancouver.
"I thought our line played really well; we were able to get a couple of power-play goals."
In the two games Brule has moved up to play with Dustin Penner, they've combined for eight points. Both players had a goal and an assist against the Canucks.
"We had a lot of breakdowns defensively," Brule said. "We're giving up a lot of chances, especially in the middle of the ice."
Brule's goal temporarily stopped the bleeding, allowing the Oilers to get on the board after giving up four.
He then set up Penner on the power play to pull Edmonton to within two with over half the game still to play.
But that was as close as the Oilers came to making it interesting.
"We had too many turn-overs, we were throwing pucks up the middle and we can't do that," Brule said.
"They were capitalizing on them. They scored the first four goals on five or six shots."