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The Oilers third line is reaping the rewards of their honest, hard-working ways

by Paul Gazzola /

VANCOUVER, BC - As cliché as they may sound, the sayings 'go to the net and good things happen' and 'hard work beats talent' do yield positive results.

Tyler Ennis, Jujhar Khaira and Josh Archibald are playing by hockey's principle of karma, showing there is proof to the proverbs.

With under 10 minutes to play against the Vancouver Canucks, the forwards gained control of the puck in the offensive zone, cycled it from low to high then crashed the net, being rewarded with the game-winning tally.

Video: RAW | Tyler Ennis 02.24.21

"It's three guys that are kind of on the same page," Ennis said of the trio on Wednesday. "When you have that on a line, good things happen. We say that every night, 'Let's go start with getting it in and out-working the other line,' and good things happen."

Ennis, Khaira and Archibald are not only playing on the same page but also studying the same philosophy. It's an exercise put into action since the unit formed. The players have combined for six points over the last five Oilers games while putting their honest, hard-working intentions to practice.

"We know what each member of the line brings to the line and we have the same mindset," Ennis continued.

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 02.24.21

"Everything is a process and if you do things the right way, good things happen. If you continue to work hard and play the game the right way, good things are going to happen. That is kind of what our line is all about. We try to play the right way, we try to out-work every line every night and when you do that and have that as your focus, individually and as a line, good things are going to happen."

Edmonton's winning ways of late, going 10-2-0 in the last 12 games, is no coincidence. Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett acknowledged the contributions brought forth by the depth and role players on the team.

"They've given us quality minutes in games and they've contributed a little bit offensively," Tippett said of Ennis, Khaira and Archibald. 

"They've just been a really solid line. Our bottom-six has been a big part of our success here as our team has balanced out a little bit."

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