With an offensive explosion like the one they enjoyed Thursday night, the Peterborough Petes could be forgiven for leaving goaltender Trevor Cann in the lurch.
What they didn't realize was that Cann was playing his final game in a Petes uniform.
Pat Daley had two goals and four assists, and Cann put together a sensational 46-save effort - moments before being traded to the London Knights - as the Petes obliterated the rival Oshawa Generals 10-2 in Ontario Hockey League action.
The win extended the Petes' point streak to three games, and moved Peterborough (8-10-0-1) past Oshawa (7-10-0-1) and into third place in the East Division.
"It feels good," said Daley, who came into the game with 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 18 games. "We worked well, got a big win and leapfrogged (the Generals)."
After the game, Cann was dealt to the Knights for European forward Sergei Korostin, 17-year-old defenceman Baron Smith - the son of ex-NHL blue-liner Steve Smith - and a second-round draft pick in 2010. London owns the second-best record in the Western Conference, but has allowed 59 goals - second-most in the five-team Midwest Division.
Peterborough wasted no time jumping all over the Generals, breaking out to a 4-0 lead just 12 minutes into the game. Daley and Zach Harnden had two goals apiece in the first-period outburst, and after Kory Nagy answered for Oshawa, Zack Kassian made it 5-1 with a power-play goal in the final minute of the period.
Brett Theberge had two of Peterborough's four second-period goals, giving the Petes a 9-1 advantage after 40 minutes despite being outshot 35-29 to that point.
Daley said he hoped the win would provide a much-needed boost of momentum for a young Peterborough team heading into weekend road games against the Erie Otters and Niagara IceDogs.
"The younger guys see how to win, and hopefully we'll take that into next few games and keep running with that," said Daley.
In other Ontario Hockey League action Thursday, it was: Brampton 8 Plymouth 4; Windsor 5 Ottawa 4 (SO); and Barrie 3 Niagara 2 (OT).
At Peterborough, Ont., Kassian finished with a pair of goals and Ryan Spooner added a goal and four assists in the victory. Liam Heelis also scored in the victory.
As for Cann, he posted his strongest performance of the season on a night when the Petes didn't really need it. A second-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2007 draft, Cann stopped all 36 shots he faced over the final two periods - including a whopping 23 in the second period alone.
He'll be expected to carry the bulk of the goaltending load for the Knights, who have Memorial Cup aspirations but will need to shore up their defence and netminding to compete with the top-ranked Windsor Spitfires.
John Tavares had the other goal for the Generals, who have dropped three straight - outscored 22-5 over that span - and seven of their past eight.
Oshawa starting netminder Kevin Bailie didn't last long, getting the hook after allowing three goals on Peterborough's first seven shots. Daryl Borden relieved him and made 29 saves the rest of the way.
Battalion 8 Whalers 4
At Brampton, Ont., Cody Hodgson erupted for four goals as the Battalion routed the Whalers.
Matt Duchesne scored twice while Evgeny Grachev and Ken Peroff added singles as Brampton (11-6-0-0) won its ninth straight game.
Patrick Lee, Tyler G. Brown, Tyler J. Brown and Joe Gaynor scored for Plymouth (6-9-2-0).
Spitfires 5 67's 4 (SO)
At Windsor, Ont., Dale Mitchell had the decisive goal in the fourth round of the shootout as the Spitfires earned a victory over Ottawa.
League scoring leader Taylor Hall scored twice in regulation, while Andrew Yogan and Conor O'Donnell added singles as Windsor (18-1-0-0) won its 12th game in a row.
Jon Carnevale, Pieter Schinkelshoek, Corey Cowick and Stephen Blunden countered in defeat for the 67's (10-8-0-1).
Colts 3 IceDogs 2 (OT)
At St. Catharines, Ont., Colin Behenna's overtime winner led Barrie past the IceDogs.
Ryan O'Connor and Ryan Gottschalk had regulation goals for the Colts (8-9-1-0).
Chris DeSousa's two goals led the way for Niagara (6-8-2-4).