Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Saucer Pass: Goal of the Night -- Eberle Nets his 15th vs. Wild

The Saucer Pass is where The Fan Child talks puck.

The Oilers, badly in need of wins, turned to 21-year-old Jordan Eberle tonight at Rexall Place with the Wild in town. Eberle notched two goals, pushing his 2011-12 total to fifteen, which is just shy of his rookie total of eighteen.

Watch the highlight of Eberle's second goal of the night to see why he's so highly regarded as a scorer in this league. Watch how Eberle keeps his head on a swivel, makes a quick turn after defenseman Corey Potter lets the shot go, scoops up the puck, then makes a quick deke before burying the backhand.

Eberle did what good scorers have been doing for over a 100 years in the NHL: He made it look easy. He was sneaky in traffic, going unnoticed, then when he had the puck on his stick, he was ruthlessly efficient with it.

He was the No. 1 star of the game in the Oilers 4-1 win.