OK duo open scoring for Oilers

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:05 AM ET

Liam Reddox and Linus Omark got the call last night and were on a plane early Tuesday morning.

The pair didn’t make it to Edmonton in time for the morning skate but were able to contribute in a 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, setting up the Oilers’ first goal of the contest.

“It was definitely a long day,” said Reddox. “We were up at 3:30 a.m. to get to the airport for 4:30 a.m.

“We pretty much travelled all day, we had to go through Chicago which extended our day. We got in a 2:30 p.m., grabbed a bite to eat, maybe had a 40-minute nap and went right to the rink. It was definitely a busy day.”

Reddox and Omark were both in Oklahoma City when called up to help fill for the injured Jordan Eberle and Shawn Horcoff up front.

For Omark, it was his second call-up of the season, having played eight games in December before being sent back down last Thursday.

Reddox, 24, was making his first appearance with the Oilers this season, having collected 33 points in 37 games with the Oklahoma City Barons this year.

“I think the adrenaline took over when the game started,” said Reddox. “You’re not really too tired, although I think it caught up with us a little bit towards the end of the game and we were taking a little shorter shifts.

“But I thought for my first game up, it was a pretty good start.”

Reddox set up Gilbert Brule for the team’s first goal, dropping a pass to Omark after crossing the Red Wings blue line, taking the return feed and finding the Oilers centre in front of the net.

It tied the game in the second period.

“Linus calls it the Foppa play,” Reddox said. “(Peter) Forsberg used to use it a lot, where he would drop it and then drive through.

“It’s something we would use a lot in Oklahoma City and we just thought we’d try it here. Luckily it worked. Brue was screaming pretty loud in the slot, he was my eyes on the play.”

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