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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz scored the game-winning goal against Anaheim tonight and it’s his second-straight game with a goal. Schultz jumped way up in the play to score tonight, stuffing in a loose puck on the doorstep.

“He was good,” Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said. “He was working all 200 feet of the ice, I know that. He was really skating, he was up on the play, he’s been good at picking his spots so it didn’t surprise me that he was there to bang it in.”

Schultz says he’s constantly looking to create that offence and recently he’s been able to do so.

“You’re always trying to jump up and create offence and the last couple of games I’ve had opportunities to do that,” Schultz said. “We’ve been playing really well as a team and it makes it easier for me to jump in so I’ve just got to keep doing that hopefully I’ll get a few more.”

When a defenceman commits offensively it could present a risk of the puck going the other way, but the Oilers want Schultz to keep jumping up and getting creative.

“There’s going to be some liabilities with every player,” Taylor Hall said. “He’s an offensive guy so he needs to be as offensive as possible and the other parts of his game are really rounding out well.”

Schultz finished the game with 23:05 of ice time and a goal and an assist.

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