Oscar Klefbom was posing with his new memento inside the Edmonton Oilers dressing room Friday night. The Oilers defenceman scored his first NHL goal and was awarded the puck after the contest, making for a great photo opportunity. At the time, Klefbom's third-period marker looked as though it may be the winner against the Anaheim Ducks but defenceman Andrew Ference took that honour in a 4-3 overtime victory. "I just shot it and hoped for the best," Klefbom said. "It was an incredible feeling. There are a lot of emotions right now. I don't remember the goal, it was a little bit of a blackout. "I'll take a little bit of time to sink it. But it was fun to do it (Friday) when we won the game too, it feels amazing." Playing in his ninth game with the Oilers, Klefbom was moved up to play with Justin Schultz on the Oilers second pairing. The two saw plenty of the Ducks top unit and fared well. "This is the kind of team that we want to be tested against," Klefbom said. "We want to beat teams like this. It's a good, big, strong team. It was a really good test for us, it was a big win." Klefbom scored to put the Oilers up 3-2, getting a puck in the slot and firing it past Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller. After the game, Klefbom really didn't remember much of the play. "I just remember I got the puck on my skate and I was trying to shoot, find some ice and it was just a blackout," Klefbom said. "It'll take some time to sink in for sure, but I'll probably watch it 1,000 times tonight." Earlier in the game, Klefbom made a good defensive play on Teemu Selanne, denying the winger a good scoring opportunity on what could have been his last game at Rexall Place. Klefbom was partnered with Schultz and was to be the anchor on the blue-line allowing Schultz to venture up ice. The partnership may be one Oiler fans see plenty of in the future.
Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom scores first NHL goal against Anaheim Ducks
Edmonton Sun | Mar 29