Eakins, who was hired by the Edmonton Oilers last summer after coaching the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, saw Lupul score with 31 seconds left in regulation to tie the game before Bolland won it 2:09 into overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied for a 6-5 victory on Saturday night.
"I'm glad the fans enjoyed it because I'm sure Randy [Carlyle] and I got a few extra grey hairs from that one," Eakins said after his team lost for the fourth time in five games (1-3-1). "Those are tough ones. I think obviously, they're happy with the win and I thought we maybe played the best game we've played so far."
The sides spent the night exchanging chances in a pond hockey-style game that thrilled the full house at Air Canada Centre but left both coaches shaking their heads.
"I said that my teeth are going to be ground down by the 20-game mark if we continue to play the way we did tonight as far as exchanging chances and making mistakes," Carlyle said.
"Hey that's hockey and it's early in the season and I'm sure we'll see a few more like this along the way. We just feel fortunate that we got the extra point at the end of it."
Bolland finished off a 3-on-1 rush as the Maple Leafs won their second straight and improved to 5-1-0. Devan Dubnyk stopped Cody Franson's blast but was helpless to prevent Bolland from putting the rebound into a wide-open net.
"We've got one guy moving the wrong way when we've got one player under siege," said Eakins. "That's a great learning point for our defense. That's part of the renovation, something we've got to clean up."
Bolland, who joined the Maple Leafs this summer after scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in June, has given Toronto's a boost on and off the ice.
"We have confidence here, we just do," Bolland said. "We just don't give up. We feel the same as I did in Chicago. We had that feeling in the room that if we're down, we can get back in it."
Carlyle said Bolland's presence has been a key to his team's fast start.
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"It's guys like David Bolland that sell your program and help the coaches by leading by example," he said.
Ryan Smyth scored twice for Edmonton, which has dropped four of its first five. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Boyd Gordon and Jordan Eberle had the other goals for the Oilers, and Mark Arcobello contributed three assists. Devan Dubnyk was beaten six times on 26 shots as the Oilers lost the opener of a six-game road trip.
"We generated a lot of offense but we gave up some on the other end," Smyth said. "They were hungry. They found some odd-man rushes that they capitalized on and it's frustrating, taking the loss with 30 seconds to go."
Eberle's pass deflected off Smyth's skate and past Bernier 5:21 into the game to put Edmonton ahead. Kadri tied it at 9:47 when his bad-angled shot from near the goal line on the left side went over Dubnyk's shoulder. Van Riemsdyk's power-play tip-in at 15:26 put Toronto ahead for the first time, but Nugent-Hopkins tied it at 18:10 by scoring during a 5-on-3 power play.
David Perron 's backhanded pass set up Gordon's tap-in 1:02 into the second period. Lupul got the Maple Leafs even at 5:20 when he one-timed Kadri's feed past Dubnyk's glove.
Eberle's blast over Bernier's left shoulder 5:29 into the third period, his first goal of the season, put Edmonton back in front. Van Riemsdyk scored his second of the night on a wraparound at 9:55, but Smyth gave the Oilers their final lead at 11:27 when he converted a feed from Eberle.
"We definitely had some breakdowns that led to goals and there's not much he could do about it," van Riemsdyk said. "It's a team game and you're just looking for a way to win. They're not all going to be pretty, but we'll take it."
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|Ryan Smyth (2) ASST: Mark Arcobello (3)|
1 - 0 EDM
|Nazem Kadri (2) ASST: Mason Raymond (3), Dion Phaneuf (2)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - James van Riemsdyk (4) ASST: Cody Franson (3), Dion Phaneuf (3)|
2 - 1 TOR
|PPG - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2) ASST: Justin Schultz (3), Anton Belov (1)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Boyd Gordon (3) ASST: David Perron (3), Taylor Hall (3)|
3 - 2 EDM
|Joffrey Lupul (4) ASST: Nazem Kadri (4), David Broll (1)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Jordan Eberle (1) ASST: Mark Arcobello (4), Taylor Hall (4)|
4 - 3 EDM
|James van Riemsdyk (5) ASST: Tyler Bozak (2), Phil Kessel (5)|
4 - 4 Tie
|Ryan Smyth (3) ASST: Jordan Eberle (3), Mark Arcobello (5)|
5 - 4 EDM
|Joffrey Lupul (5) ASST: Jake Gardiner (2)|
5 - 5 Tie
|Dave Bolland (3) ASST: Cody Franson (4), Mason Raymond (4)|
6 - 5 TOR
|David Perron Hooking against Joffrey Lupul|
|David Perron Interference - Goalkeeper against Jonathan Bernier|
|Colton Orr Interference against David Perron|
|James van Riemsdyk Holding against David Perron|
|Jesse Joensuu Cross checking against Nazem Kadri|
|Dave Bolland Interference - Goalkeeper against Devan Dubnyk|
|Morgan Rielly Hi-sticking against Taylor Hall|