Defenseman Brandon Davidson, who underwent treatment for testicular cancer, returned Friday night. It was Davidson's first game since Oct. 28. He was in the starting lineup and received a standing ovation.
“I felt like I had been out forever,” Davidson said. “I can't describe how much I missed the game and how much this meant to me. It was definitely a stepping stone moving forward. I was very emotional with all the fans being very appreciative.”
Davidson played forward for the first time in years filling in for Antti Tyrvainen, who was sidelined by an upper body strain.
“I think it's the first time since I was 15 years old,” Davidson said after Oklahoma City's 4-3 victory over Grand Rapids at the Cox Center. “It was definitely a change of pace, that's for sure.”
OILERS GOALIE COACH IN OKC
Edmonton goaltender coach Fred Chabot has been in Oklahoma City all week working with three Barons goaltenders. Niko Hovinen, picked up off waivers by the Oilers, got his second consecutive start.
“It was a good chance for Freddie to see him in a game so he has something to go on,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “Now he can work on certain things with Niko.”
PECKHAM WORKING INTO SHAPE
Veteran defenseman Theo Peckham, who has played 125 games with the Oilers the past two seasons, is with the Barons on a conditioning assignment.
“They say my weight is a little high,” Peckham said. “It was a relief just to get back out there, to be part of a team. You practice every day, but when you skate by yourself afterward it can get pretty tiring.”
Peckham was involved in the game-winning goal with 7:50 to play when Philippe Cornet tipped in Peckham's slap shot.
OIL SPILLS ...
Signed earlier this week, veteran defenseman Randy Jones, 31, played for the first time in nearly 10 months since he was with Winnipeg last season. ... Forward Mark Arcobello was reassigned to Oklahoma City after playing one game with Edmonton. In his NHL debut, Arcobello played on a line with former Barons teammates Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.
BY MIKE BALDWIN