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It’s been a long time between wins for the Edmonton Oilers who went to Rexall Place a loss away from extending their most recent losing streak to the longest of the season at seven.

They’d only won four of their previous 21 games. But Sunday night they scored first and led 2-1 after with a goal with 12 second to go in the first period against a team with a 1-16-2 record when down after the first 20.

Tonne of fun

And it was fun, fun, fun for the team which had a tonne of fun the day before in the team’s annual skills competition complete with the unquestioning love and adoration of a kids crowd of about 10,000. With the 5-1 win over the Nashville Predators, the Oilers should consider having a skills competition every time the team finds itself in a lengthy losing streak.

“There might be something to it,” said coach Dallas Eakins. “All they hear from the seats are cheers. There are no mistakes. Nothing goes against them. Sometimes it helps you to forget where they’re really at.”

It also might be an idea for Eakins to have his two young daughters at the games in the future.

Emerson, 5, and Cameron, 2, were both at the game with their mom Ingrid Kavelaars who tweeted a nice picture of the two with their names on the back of their sweaters

“When I coached in the AHL, they used to come to a lot of the games because the games started early at 3 p.m..

This one was a 6 p.m. start.

“This is the first Oilers game my daughters have been to,” he said. “Maybe they are good luck. Maybe they’ll have to come to every game.”