For the second straight game, a textbook Tyler Pitlick corner pass produced a highlight-reel goal. Pitlick set up Byers for his third goal of the season with 7:08 left in the first period.
“It was great effort by Marty on the forecheck to get the turnover and then Pitter found Byers back door,” Nelson said. “It was just a good hockey goal.
“Marty also had a chance in the first period and didn't shoot. We talked about it: ‘Marty, you can beat this guy. You have a good enough shot.' He got the opportunity again late and it went in.”
OKC once again outshot its opponent (36-25) but needed goaltender Olivier Roy to make 24 saves.
With starting goaltender Yann Danis called up to Edmonton three days ago, Roy played in back-to-back games for the first time all season.
“You're more confident the more you play,” Roy said. “It's a great feeling to play the second game in a row. I don't know how long Yann will be up there but I'm going to enjoy it while I can.”
San Antonio tied the game 1-1 late in the second period on Andre Deveaux's goal. The Barons once again had more scoring opportunities. The previous three games, all losses, they outshot opponents 119-60.
“When you're on a losing streak the next game you win is never easy,” Nelson said. “It's not a 5-0 or 5-1 win. It's always a tight game. Hopefully this gives us confidence heading into this (three-game) road trip.”