EDMONTON, AB - It was a quintessential Edmonton Oilers moment - with an added European flair.
The overseas pair of Gaëtan Haas and Joakim Nygard took to the ice for a critical 4-on-4 faceoff in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings on Hockey Night in Canada, with their new club down 4-3 and in need of a spark.
It was European showtime.
Haas, the Swiss-born centre who plied his trade exclusively in his home country for the entirety of his career prior to making the jump overseas this summer to join the Oilers, saw a gap in the Kings defence and would play the role of orchestrator.
"We didn't talk about this play, but I did this one a couple times in Europe with (SC Bern)," Haas, drawing on his experience in the Swiss National League, said of the Saturday's play this afternoon.
"I always had this one in my head. I think that was the right moment to try it at 4-on-4. I knew we both had one less player on the ice. I just told Nygard that 'Now it's showtime for us,' so I just got to the faceoff and I saw the defence on the side. I knew if I lost, I was going to be the first on the puck and I was going to go in front (with the puck)."
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