Ales Hemsky must have oil running through his veins — no matter how long he sits, he never gets rusty.

After 11 games on the shelf to rest a sore shoulder, Hemsky returned Tuesday in Montreal to play 17:08, assist on the game-winning goal and withstand enough physical punishment to ease his mind for a while, not that he was worrying.

"You can't think about it, if you think about it you can't play the game," said the Czech winger, who took several big hits from the Canadiens. "You focus on the game and whatever happens, happens."

What happened was that the Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff, Smyth line was Edmonton's best at both ends of the ice.

"We've played together a long time so it shouldn't take long for us to get comfortable together," said Horcoff. "He brings an offensive element and makes it hard for the other team to key on just one line.".