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09:03 AM ET 10.08 | In short, it was storybook good. One of the Edmonton Oilers cherubs, Jordan Eberle, scores his first NHL goal with a swashbuckling toe-drag around defenceman Ian White, then a ho-hum backhand past the estimable Miikka Kiprusoff, and sets up the new captain Shawn Horcoff. Then the oldest guy on the ice, Nikolai Khabibulin, pitches his first Oilers' shutout, 42nd on his career resume, if you're counting. ... "It was only one game but I think the fans got a glimpse of the future tonight," said Horcoff, who played with the baby-faced Eberle and the prize 18-year-old Taylor Hall throughout the good-to-the-last-drop night. "The Battle of Alberta ... a great fight. I don't know if we had an area where we let down. Impressive."

Edmonton Journal

Taylor Hall, AP Taylor Hall, AP
October 8, 2010  09:29 AM ET

"It was only one game but I think the fans got a glimpse of the future tonight,"

Let's just see about that, bud!

October 8, 2010  09:48 AM ET

Dazzling it was. And I'm not even an Oil fan.

October 8, 2010  09:50 AM ET

and we're off - NHL season - yay!!!
4-0 shutout, wow... I bet Sutter might be rethinking those moves to bring back Joke-inen and Tanguay

October 8, 2010  10:35 AM ET

First, it should have been 5-0.

Dazzling doesn't adequately describe Eberle's first and what should have been only goal. The one he shouldn't have gottenlooked a lot like a snipers goal but it for sure hit Horcoff on the way in. Captain Horcoff didn't claim it though letting the rookie bask in the glow.

Even Penner seemed to have a spring in his step. Hemske was flying around. Hall was even killing penalities? I like that. Toews-ish....

Then there was the coup de grace... The fight between MacIntyre and Ivanans was a humdinger too. Big finish. Ivanans should have regrets about that one.

Maybe I will watch a bit more before late Feb than I previously stated. Things are looking up in Not Quite Deadmonton.....

October 8, 2010  10:58 AM ET

Just wait until game 60. These baby-faced players are going to be real tired by then and feeling the effects of playing a long season in the pros.

October 8, 2010  11:03 AM ET

Like the athlete's themselves...shouldn't get too high with a win and shouldn't get too low with a loss. It's only one game.

October 8, 2010  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Just wait until game 60. These baby-faced players are going to be real tired by then and feeling the effects of playing a long season in the pros.

I think it might be the defense that gets exposed rather than the baby-faced pros. Youthful exuberance can go a long way to keeping you fresh.

Still a year or two away from being to shelf but things are looking up.

October 8, 2010  11:05 AM ET

to = top

October 8, 2010  11:06 AM ET
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I know it is only the first game but that was fantastic. I could go on but I would make everyone sick. I will say that was the first Edmonton team to out physical and out goaltend a team from Calgary in along time.

Feel free to go on....

They won every phase of that game.

October 8, 2010  11:13 AM ET
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and we're off - NHL season - yay!!!4-0 shutout, wow... I bet Sutter might be rethinking those moves to bring back Joke-inen and Tanguay

What ? Why ? Did you not see Jokinen set up Hall for that almost goal ? Pure talent !!!$F$$#!Effing!!!**%%@!!

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October 8, 2010  11:38 AM ET
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I think it might be the defense that gets exposed rather than the baby-faced pros. Youthful exuberance can go a long way to keeping you fresh.Still a year or two away from being top shelf but things are looking up.

Tamby is looking like the best thing Lowe ever did #2 Eberle (those might be the wrong way around but they look great )and yes phantom they will probably hit a few walls this year as long as there is no cancer in the LR these guys will be definite contenders in 2 years

October 8, 2010  11:40 AM ET
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It should have been 5-0 nothing and the nice thing about the score was the 0. Great goaltending by Khabibulan. I don't know if Edmonton played that well or Calgary played that bad more games will define that but last night it was all Oilers. Catch as many games as you can Hank they are going to be entertaining.

I always watch my Oilers one way or another. I high grade games through the season and never miss them, matches I like against the Canucks and big eastern games.

I usually watch Flames games too.

October 8, 2010  11:46 AM ET

Go Stamps Go Go Stamps Go Go Stamp Go

October 8, 2010  11:55 AM ET
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And Jokinen wasn't the worst Flame...what the hell was Bouwmeester thinking when he flipped the puck in the seats while on the PK he was brutal last night.

I don't know if the Edm viewers got the pre game Coach Sutter interview but it sent a cold blast down my back when he openly mentioned the pre season success.Everyone in the Hockey world knows pre season means sweet jack all but my coach does not?????If this keeps up i will have to start really really paying attention to the rankings of next years draft picks.Never mind-Duhryl will trade it away for a bag of pucks anyways

October 8, 2010  12:12 PM ET
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I hear you have to wear a bra to get into McMahon stadium these days;)

LOL The way the frickin rent a a cops try to dig up the " home brought" bevvies a bra is a good way to hide two mini bottles of scotch !

October 8, 2010  12:14 PM ET
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Tamby is changing things up alright....now if he would only change the old guy who sings the national anthem with a big breasted fat haired red head everything would be great.

I recorded it so no pesky anthems..... I had the game watched inside 1 hour and 20 minutes. Left lots of time to watch Crank: High Voltage.. Guilty pleasure.

October 8, 2010  12:16 PM ET
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LOL The way the frickin rent a a cops try to dig up the " home brought" bevvies a bra is a good way to hide two mini bottles of scotch !

If you brought a cooler pack with pop and snacks would they confiscate that? Or are they simply looking for the booze?

October 8, 2010  12:22 PM ET
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If you brought a cooler pack with pop and snacks would they confiscate that? Or are they simply looking for the booze?

No outside food or drink ! You must buy our shrivelled over steamed hotdogs for 4$ and pay 5 bucks for a medium mix errrr i mean pop.I understand though because maintenance of the small out dated under equipped washrooms ( pee sinks save the day) must cost a lot.

 
October 8, 2010  12:24 PM ET
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No outside food or drink ! You must buy our shrivelled over steamed hotdogs for 4$ and pay 5 bucks for a medium mix errrr i mean pop.I understand though because maintenance of the small out dated under equipped washrooms ( pee sinks save the day) must cost a lot.

LOL It occurred to me after posting that i best mention to you Hank that no "sitting" at the pee sink is allowed :-)

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