Reporting from Munich Germany.
Last night the Edmonton Oilers skated to a 2-0 decision versus the visiting New York Rangers at Rexall Place all thanks to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle's 2 point performance. However the real hero of the match was Nikolai Khabibulin who earned the shut-out after turning aside 19 shots. Khabibulin added his 44th career shut-out and at the moment the Bulin-Wall has a .972 save percentage.
"I didn't expect anything from myself other than a good effort from myself and to fight for playing time. It's nice to that it started this way. It's nicer to start well than to not start well and to be trying to catch up all year." said the 38 year-old net minder. The net minder set the tone of his game early when he made a tremendous save off of Ruslan Fedeotenko's point blank shot in the slot. Fedotenko, pounced on Ryan Whitney's cough up which nearly put the blue shirts up in the first.
Late in the first, Magnus Paajarvi had a glorious opportunity to find his first of the season when Ryan Smyth gave the sophomore a behind the back pass. Lundqvist, was able to stick his toe out to make the save on the Swede to keep the game scoreless in the first.
In the second, Nugent-Hopkins posted the games first goal after firing a wrister past Herik Lundqvist. The play started when Taylor Hall raced down the right wing with his blinding and then gave RNH a perfect back-hand saucer pass.
In the third, the Oilers went on the power-play and defenseman Corey Potter cashed in on his first goal of the season using his booming slap-shot to seal the game for the Oilers. Both Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins collected assists on the goal.
Soon after the goal, Lundqvist left the game due to some "equipment problems" thus paving the way for Martin Biron to end the match with three saves.
"It was botherig me the whole game, we tried to fix it during the intermission. In the end it was just too painful. It's a little sore now but tomorrow I will be fine." said Lundqvist
Who is hot?
RNH continues to be hot for the Oilers who now has 7 points in 7 games and leads the Oilers in points.
The Oilers will now face the Vancouver Canucks this Tuesday at Rexall place.