(Video) First NHL Goal: Pakarinen marker helps Oilers to a win

By Ken McKenna
Iiro Pakarinen - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Iiro Pakarinen (L) celebrates his team’s win over the Buffalo Sabres, a game in which Pakarinen scored his first NHL goal (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)


In just his second NHL game, Edmonton Oilers forward Iiro Pakarinen netted his first NHL goal in the Oilers’ come-from-behind, 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

With the Oilers controlling the puck in the Sabres’ zone, Oilers’ defender Mark Fayne fired a shot on goal from the point that was stopped by Sabres’ goaltender Michal Neuvirth. Neuvirth left a big rebound, however, and Pakarinen made no mistake in burying that rebound to tie the score at one.

The 23-year-old native of Loviisa, Finland was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers at the 2011 NHL Draft. He was signed as a free agent by the Oilers back in June of this year and was called up from the AHL‘s Oklahoma City Barons on Thursday for his first NHL action.

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