“It (stinks) being up 3-0 and lose in a shootout,” said forward Magnus Paajarvi. “We might as well lose 10-0. At least we still got a (standings) point. But the third period is where we should be at our best. We've really got to work on that.”
Eberle's goal 10 seconds into the third period would have been the highlight of the young season if the Barons hadn't squandered the lead. Eberle stole the puck from Aeros defenseman Tyler Cuma and skated in uncontested.
“I could see he was fumbling it a bit,” Eberle said. “I just kind of poked it over his stick and actually had to calm the puck down first. It was rolling on me. I guess that's one of my two moves.”
Eberle and Edmonton's other young stars have a lot more than two moves. The Oilers' foundation players supplied all three goals. In addition to Eberle's two goals, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his third goal of the season early in the second period to give OKC a 1-0 lead.
“Eberle and Nuge had strong games,” Nelson said. “That line played pretty well. We have to get secondary scoring. We can't rely on those guys all the time. It's good they're scoring, but we have to get the total package.”
The top priority moving forward is protecting third-period leads.
“We obviously let it get away,” Nelson said. “Three minutes of the game we had brain cramps. They ended up capitalizing. I was happy with the overall game other than those three or four minutes. We have to learn from that.”