Monday, October 10, 2011

Oilers Update - Nuge is Huge. Oilers top Pens in OT

Reporting from Munich Germany!

All the hype and hoop-la about this years rendition of the Edmonton Oilers was under the keen and watchful eyes of every spectator at Rexall Place; with the spot-light directly shined upon RNH.

Rookie phenom Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got the crowd to their feet when "The Nuge" crashed the net and slid a backhand, past Pens goaltender Brent Johnson to earn his very goal as an Oiler.

"Going into the game I was really nervous but I tried to use that to my advantage.  It felt pretty was really exciting but I'm more excited about the win." said Nugent-Hopkins about his first regular game with the Oilers.

When sudden death proved fruitless for both squads, teammates Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky solidified the win in the shoot-out to earn the Oilers first win of the season.

"It was hormone hockey, I guess you have to expect that.  Our team hadn't played in a while and we had some guys playing their first ever NHL regular-season game.  There were almost over-excited.  We turned the puck over a number of times in the first two periods.  But we started to play a little better and started to share the puck better."  said Oilers Head Coach Tom Renney.

The Pittsburgh Penguins skated without superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.  Malkin was schedule to play but became a late scratch due to a lower body injury suffered during the pre-game skate.   

Kris Letang had the lone goal for the Pens late in the first.  Letang's wired a one-timer past Devan Dubnyk for the game's first goal.  However, Dubnyk remained solid for the duration of the match as he managed set aside 33 shots to earn his first win of the season. 

The Edmonton Oilers will take a few days off and will now face the Minnesota Wild this Thursday  in St. Paul's.

Watch Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first NHL goal on video here!

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