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Eberle likes the way his squad is progressing given their limited playoff experience

by Marc Ciampa /

After the game, Jordan Eberle was asked about the progress that he's seen in his team since joining the Oilers in 2010.

"You talk about progress, we're in the playoffs so there's progress right there," Eberle chuckled. "I think if you look up and down our lineup - Nuge and I have been there the longest - we've had to tailor our games around playing the right way."

Offensively, it wasn't Eberle's best season with 51 points (20 goals) but he and his line often had to shoulder the defensive responsibility load for the club and the results speak for themselves.

"This year it seems like we're playing against the other team's top lines every night. On the road, we're playing against these guys and we're playing well. We're doing it the right way. (McLellan) trusts us in that way. That in itself is progress right there that we're thinking like that."

When talking about the postseason itself, Eberle said the team is learning valuable lessons, particularly in these tight games.

"I can't speak from experience in the playoffs because I've only played three games but you see it there. It shows what you need to do. It's like chess out there. You're not going to make the big dramatic move all the time. You don't want to give them an opportunity to go the other way. You make the play when you see it. We're just trying to do the right things all the time. That's progress."

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