The Edmonton Oilers' 5 Best Goals so Far in 2013-14
Goals have come at a premium for the club and after being shutout for three straight home games in November, it appears that the team has finally found the scoring touch.
For all of the high-end talent in Edmonton, pretty goals are not uncommon.
A "best" goal has to have certain elements, such as fantastic shooting ability, remarkable stick-handling or playmaking that simply leaves the opposition in ruins.
With that said, here is a look at the Oilers' five best goals so far in 2013-14.
Honorable Mention: Nail Yakupov
This was Nail Yakupov's first goal of the season, and little did the player and fans know that it would be quite some time before the talented Russian would net another.
This goal highlights the lightning quick release that Yakupov possesses as he takes almost no time to get the puck off of his stick and behind the Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Ales Hemsky makes a nifty play to enter the zone and after Quick makes a save on a shot from the point, Yakupov is left all alone on the side wall to calmly snap the puck home.
Jordan Eberle makes such a nice play on this goal as he steals the puck from a pinching defenseman at the Oilers' blue line and races down the ice for the goal.
This goal has all the earmarks of a standard Eberle goal: fast paced skating, elusive stick-handling and a deadly accurate finish.
The stick handling as Eberle enters the zone as well as the little deke as he approaches the goalie are picture perfect in this beauty.
Though the goal is little more than a rebound goal, the fact that this goal stole a record from Wayne Gretzky means that it had to make the list.
The fastest two goals in Oilers history, eight seconds after his first goal (which was a nice one as well), saw Hall join illustrious company.
Mark Arcobello deserves a lot of credit for this goal as it was his initial shot on net that caused problems, and the rebound sat right in front of the crease for Hall to put the puck into the top of the net.
When Ales Hemsky is in form he is one of the most talented players on the ice, and this goal demonstrates all of his ability.
Hemsky is such a gifted skater and puck-handler that he smoothly stick-handles his way around a sprawling defender and makes the rest of the Winnipeg Jets players on the ice look foolish before releasing a lightning quick shot behind the Jets' goaltender.
Nail Yakupov's shot is undeniable, but what makes this goal so amazing is the fact that the talented winger scores with a rocket shot on a bouncing puck.
Yakupov is developing as a legitimate power-play threat, and his presence on the side wall commands a lot of attention.
On this goal, he slides in, uncovered and gets a great shot off on a puck that hadn't settled after the rebound was kicked out by the goaltender.
David Perron is looking like one shrewd addition by Craig MacTavish and is quickly becoming one of the Oilers most dangerous threats on the ice.
Perron has shown a knack for finding ridiculous angles, and this goal is the highlight.
Basically scoring from the red line, Perron's lethal shot goes in and out of the net so fast that there was a question to if he actually scored at the time.
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