Barons' power play clicks in win over Lake Erie Monsters

by Michael Baldwin Published: October 23, 2012

It was just a matter of time before Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and the Barons' power play started tearing up the score sheet.

Nugent-Hopkins scored two goals, and Eberle also lit the lamp as Oklahoma City scored four power-play goals in a 4-3 win over the Lake Erie Monsters Tuesday night at the Cox Convention Center.

OKC entered Tuesday's game 1-of-17 on power play opportunities.

The Barons were 4-of-7 in Tuesday's win.

Three goals, including the game-winner, were when the Edmonton Oilers' young stars were on the ice. Less than six minutes into the third period, Eberle found a way to shuffle the puck to Nugent-Hopkins.

“At the end of the day you just have to shoot the puck and be greasy,” Eberle said. “That's what we did. We had the one off Mags (Magnus Paajarvi) that (Teemu Hartikainen) put it in. I lost the one to Nuge. We had some greasy stuff around the net. When it's clicking, it's clicking.”

Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins combined for 23 shots in Oklahoma City's first four games but scored only one goal. They combined for three in Tuesday's win.

“It's always good to get the first (goal) out of the way,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “It can take awhile sometimes. But I thought as a line we had been playing really well. ... We got some good bounces out there today. It's just kind of been building the first four games.”

Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins were the Edmonton Oilers' top two scorers last year but had combined for only three points the first four games.

“They didn't play in the exhibition games and got thrown into the league right away,” said Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini. “You're starting to see them now. They've had chances. Now those chances are turning into goals.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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