Brodziak comes up big

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:34 AM ET

It was the biggest goal Kyle Brodziak has ever scored as an Edmonton Oiler.

Granted, he only had one in 16 previous games over two seasons.

But at the time, last night's goal looked as though it was going to be a game winner on opening night against a team expected to challenge for the Stanley Cup.

"I was just in the right spot at the right time," Brodziak said. "(Sheldon) Souray's shot is pretty heavy, so it's going to find some holes every now and then, probably more so than a lot of other guys.

"It just squeezed through his pads and it was just sitting there. It was a pretty fortunate bounce, but I'll take it."

Brodziak was first to the puck after it trickled behind Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and sat in the crease. Nabokov figured the puck was under him, but the shot from Souray had enough mustard to wiggle it's way through.

"It definitely feels good to get the monkey off the back early," Brodziak said.

"You don't want to be getting too deep into the season without being able to contribute. I'm glad I got one early and now I can focus on other things."

The goal gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead early in the third period. It came 11 seconds short of standing up as the game winner as Joe Thornton sent the contest into OT with his first goal of the season at 19:49.

"I think in the first two periods we did a good job of fending them off and a good job on the penalty kill," Brodziak said. "In the third period they got an early goal and the mood around the bench was not to let that goal beat us. And I think the guys responded well and did a good job of coming back and getting two quick goals."


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