Penner pots one

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Dustin Penner's first regular-season goal as an Edmonton Oiler resembled his first and only preseason marker.

And it's very likely there'll be more of a similar variety to come from the team's big off-season acquisition, which would suit Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe just fine after recently signing a four-year contract extension.

The Oilers winger found a spot in the slot, put his stick on the ice and waited for Ales Hemsky to feed him. Hemsky did and Penner swept it in past Flyers goaltender Martin Biron.

"I can get used to that," Penner said.

"Hopefully they'll be a few more of those in my future. It was a great pass from Hemmer, a great job by Horc (Shawn Horcoff) when you get a shot from there, it's pretty tough for the goalie to stop it."

Penner's goal gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead in a game they would eventually go on to win 5-3.

At the time it was believed to be his second goal of the night as it looked as though his stick deflected Steve Staios' point-shot earlier in the period.

But after further review the shot was deemed to have bounced off a Flyers defenceman and through Biron.

"They say for a big guy when you have the puck go to the net and when you don't have the puck go to the net," Penner said. "It was my plan there to get to the front and skate right with the puck as it went through and it was a good shot by Steve."

SUMMER SIGNING

Penner, signed away from the Anaheim Ducks in the off-season, had less than an outstanding preseason finishing with a goal and an assist. However last night he looked a lot more dangerous and a lot more involved. Part of that coincided with Hemsky's jump in the contest.

"I thought he (Penner) skated really well," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "He's played two good games now.

"On his goal, Hemmer made a great pass to him and it was almost in the back of the net before it hit his stick almost. He's got a lot of strength in front of the net."

The Oilers dominated the first period, but could not beat Biron despite out-shooting the visitors 16-4 in the frame - 12-0 - through one span.

The best chance fell to Andrew Cogliano who picked up a loose puck in front with Biron flat on his stomach.

However the Flyers goaltender was able to get a pad on Cogliano's shot.

"We've all be in games like that when we have a lot of pressure in the first but haven't been able to find the back of the net," Penner said. "We just tried to stick with it and we were able to get three in the second."

The Oilers opened the scoring in the second period with Staios' point-shot.

Jeff Carter responded for the Flyers after Oilers goaltender Mathieu Garon had Joffrey Lupul's shot bounce off him straight up into the air.

Carter batted the puck in which needed video confirmation to conclude it was not a high stick.

After Penner put the Oilers back in front, Daniel Briere showed why the Flyers broke the bank to sign him, splitting the defensive tandem of Steve Staios and Joni Pitkanen then flipping the puck over Garon.

The goal was so sweet, Oiler fans were impressed.

Sam Gagne put the Flyers in front with less than two minutes left, but geoff Sanderson tied it with under five seconds in the frame.

OWN GOAL

The winner came early in the third when Flyers right winger Mike Knuble kicked the puck into his own net. The goal was awarded to Pitkanen, acquired from the Flyers in the offseason, who had fired the puck on net before Knuble booted it in. Sanderson added an empty-netter to seal the victory.

The win improved the Oilers record to 2-0..

For Penner the goal was his 34 career regular-season NHL marker. Last season he finished with 29.

"It's good to see him get on the board," MacTavish said. "It's important when you come to a new team under some fanfare to have some success and I was happy for that."


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