It looked like a really close hockey game Tuesday night against Ottawa, but it turned out to be just a one-man optical illusion.
Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers had everyone fooled in keeping it 1-1 through 48 minutes, and almost pulled one over on the visiting Senators until the mirrors broke and the roof fell in over the final 12 minutes.
The Senators scored three unanswered goals -- at 8:24, 9:50 and 13:09 of the third period -- to halt Edmonton's modest winning streak at two games.
The shots were 37-17 for the Senators when they made it 4-1, so it probably shouldn't have been as close as it was. But, as he was in the last two games, Deslauriers was the story.
"J.D played great for us, especially early on; he gave us a chance to get back in it," said Sam Gagner. "We're just not making enough plays. If their D are going to stand up, we have to get in behind them. We need to get better offensively. If we're getting those big saves from J.D., we have to capitalize at the other end."
The Oilers have four regulation goals in their last three games, but when the scorers provide such a thin margin for error, things can easily go wrong -- like they did in the third period.
"We did some good things ... a great job in the first killing penalties," said Deslauriers. "And in the second we had some momentum. But they didn't back down."
Ottawa kept the pressure on for most of the first period and, aided by a two-man advantage, had a 10-1 shot advantage through the first 17 minutes.
The Oilers didn't get anything through to the Ottawa net until a late rush that yielded an unsuccessful Mike Comrie penalty shot at 17:43.
"They had us hemmed in our own zone a fair amount and we just couldn't get anything going," said defenceman Tom Gilbert.
Edmonton scored first on Fernando Pisani's third of the season four minutes into the second period, but the Senators continued to pepper Deslauriers with rubber until they finally got to him on their 23rd shot, 16:18 into the second period.
It was 1-1 after 40, but the Oilers were hanging by a thread.
"We weren't happy with the way we were playing when it was 1-1," said Gagner. "The silver lining was that we still had a chance. We wanted to come out in the third and really push the envelope."
Instead, they got licked like stamps.
The Oilers took four minors in the final 20 minutes and the Sens scored on two of them.
"Penalties just killed us tonight," said Deslauriers.
"When you play five on four or five on three, you're going to score once in a while. When you're on the PK all the time, you slash your chances of winning."
LATE HITS: The Oilers played two forwards short for a big chunk of the game after Zack Stortini took 17 minutes for instigating a fight with Matt Carkner and Patrick O'Sullivan left the game a few minutes in after getting whacked on the hand.
O'Sullivan didn't return and is questionable for the upcoming four-game road trip.