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Norwegian helping Oilers' offense

Norwegian helping Oilers' offense

Following a dominant performance on Monday, the Edmonton Oilers' new line of Ales Hemsky, Petr Sykora and Patrick Thoresen has likely earned an extended run in the NHL.
The Czech Republic's Sykora had a goal and three assists, compatriot Hemsky and Thoresen chipped in three-point performances and the Oilers downed the slumping Phoenix Coyotes 5-2.
Shawn Horcoff and Jarrett Stoll each added their first goal of the season for the Oilers (6-0-2).
Sykora said the line, which was retooled to give Norwegian rookie Thoresen a more prominent role after a strong start, is starting to mesh.
"Everybody is skating and making plays and looking for each other out there and that is why we have had success. It's why the puck is going in for us," said Sykora, who leads the Oilers with 13 points. "Right now we are getting our chances and we are scoring on them. Patrick is making some great plays out there right now."
Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish also praised Thoresen, who doubled his season point total and has looked good since replacing Canadian Raffi Torres on the line.
"I was super impressed with him in camp and he just continues to get more impressive," said MacTavish. "I don't know that we have a player that thinks the game positionally as well he does right now. He checks and all those things. He thinks the game well offensively and has really meshed in with (Hemsky), who was spectacular tonight, as was (Sykora)."
Thoresen, just the fifth player from Norway to play in the NHL, is just glad to be getting a chance.
"It's such a bonus for me to create points right now," he said. "Every time I am out there I'm just trying to work hard and to do my job on the line. I'm just trying to work hard to make room for Hemsky and Sykora because they are two of the most skilled guys in the league."


Updated : 2021-10-18 19:46 GMT+08:00