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Oklahoma City Barons notebook: Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish weighs in on Barons' roster

With the NHL on a two-week break due to the Olympics, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish was in Oklahoma City for a two-game weekend series with Lake Erie, which gained a split Saturday night with a 5-4 shootout win over the Barons.
BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: February 15, 2014
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SPECIAL TEAMS ARE SPECIAL

Teams that dominate special teams usually win, but that wasn't the case Saturday night. The Barons were 3-of-4 on power plays and killed off all four penalties when Lake Erie had the man advantage.

“Our special teams were excellent,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “The PK was tested early but we got through that first period when we were taking some penalties. It was good to see our power-play come to life. We needed that tonight to come back.”

OIL SPILLS ...

Curtis Hamilton will participate in full-contact practice sessions this week. Tyler Pitlick also might be ready to return to the lineup when the Barons play three road games in three days against Grand Rapids (Friday and Saturday) and Toronto (March 2). ... Fans cheered when a replay appeared to show forward Kale Kessy scored the tying goal in the second period. Evidently, it was an optical illusion. Barons coaches said the puck hit the crossbar.