Call it the highlight of the night, call it the first star of the evening. I don’t care what you call it. Jordan Eberle’s first NHL goal is the stuff that dreams are made of.
The Edmonton Oilers whipped a lot of ass in a decisive 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday. Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves for the shutout. Nikolai Khabibulin should be in jail right now, so that’s kinda amazing. Eberle’s shorthanded goal in the third period put the Oilers up 2-0, and ignited a 3-goal third frame for Edmonton. Eberle would later add an assist on a power play goal by Shawn Horcoff that was initially awarded to young No. 14. Horcoff was fighting for space in front of the net and the new captain took Eberle’s wrist shot off of his knee for the redirect.
There was a scary moment late in the third when Steve MacIntyre and Raitis Ivanans finally squared off for the main event. Both punchers traded bombs before MacIntyre caught Ivanans with a couple of consecutive stiff shots, buckling the giant Latvian. He would lay on the ice for a couple of moments, clearly punch-drunk and dripping blood.
Nobody makes the Calgary Flames bleed their own blood; the battle of Alberta is back.