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Swede moves for Oilers

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:11 AM ET

Potentially, they could be the Edmonton Oilers version of the Sedin twins, minus the fact they’re not related.

On Thursday, Magnus Paajarvi and Linus Omark were Swedish delights in the Oilers 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The pair combined for five points in the victory, with Omark finishing with a goal and two assists, while Paajarvi had one of each.

“I don’t know if it’s a Swedish thing, but we’ll know better after a couple of games,” Paajarvi said. “You can’t tell after just one game. It’s really hard to say.

“I’m just skating as hard as I can trying to find open ice and I know he’s going to make that pass. Tonight was a good night for us.”

Omark, who set the bar with a highlight-reel shootout goal last week in his first game as an Oiler, got things started with an equally impressive first-career goal.

The native of Overtornea, Sweden bounced the puck in on Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason and gave chase to the rebound.

He then lifted defenceman Jan Hedja’s stick, kicked the puck up to himself and slotted into the net.

“I tried to bounce the puck to him,” Omark said. “I was then able to get the rebound in front of the net.”

The goal was just the beginning for the Oilers fourth-round pick – 97 overall - in the 2007 NHL draft.

He went on to set up Dustin Penner with a backhand feed out of the corner after Paajarvi had dug the puck out from behind the net. Omark then picked up an assist on Paajarvi’s marker in the second, taking the initial shot on the play.

“We’ve never played on the same line, although we were on the (Swedish) world championship team last year,” Omark said. “But I think both of us play a similar style of hockey and we both think the same way, which is why I think we had some success tonight.”

In the third the pair nearly combined again, as Omark sent in Paajarvi in all alone only to have the play whistled on a close offside.

“We had some good shifts together and hopefully that’s something that can grow,” said Paajarvi. “It’s really fun that a lot of guys were able to get some points. But the most important thing is that we as a team were able to get the two points.”

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