Horc kickstarts Oilers
ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - It couldn’t have been a more obvious kick in if Shawn Horcoff had been wearing soccer cleats and tore his sweater off in celebration.
But it counted. Stood up as the winner.
The Oilers captain and striker converted a lovely cross from linemate Taylor Hall seven minutes into the second period Sunday, putting the Oilers ahead 3-1, then held his breath while the video review guys decided Yay or Nay.
After a few minutes, a razor-thin margin between kicking and redirecting somehow went Edmonton’s way, much to the disbelief of the Florida Panthers.
“I didn’t try to (kick it),” Horcoff said after the 3-2 victory. “But like I said at the bench, it’s going to be close. I tried to stop it, really. I was kind of pivoting to get open for Hallsy and it was just in front of me so I tried to stop it.
“Those goals are 50/50, you never know.”
Horcoff has two goals in two games, one off the shin, the other off his skate. His stick waits patiently for its turn.
“Two goals, not one off my stick,” he grinned, well aware that it took him 13 games to get two goals last season. “I don’t care how they go in, as long as they do. You go to the right places and you get good bounces.”