In two games without the Oilers' other young stars, the Barons have been outscored 13-3, including a loss last Sunday at Chicago.
Outshot 34-24 Friday night, the Barons fell behind 2-0 after one period, 5-0 after two periods. Boychuk scored just 27 seconds into the game. Terry scored with 11 seconds left in the first period.
“There's plenty of guys that were here last year when we went to the conference finals,” Hartikainen said. “This is still a good team. It comes down to working hard ... every single guy on the team. That's what we had last year. This team definitely has it. They just have to find it.”
Yann Danis, last year's AHL Goaltender of the Year, was pulled midway through the second period after allowing four goals with only nine saves. Olivier Roy had 18 saves.
“You can't blame the goalies,” Nelson said. “The four goals Yann let in, one was a breakaway and the other three were backdoor plays into an empty net. The guys in front of the net have to do their job.”
The division rivals play again at 7 Saturday night at the Cox Center.
“Tonight obviously was a stinker,” Nelson said. “We have to try to forget about it. The good thing is you get to play right away again. We're facing a good hockey team. We've got to be better.”