In the pros: Johnson, Kilpatrick excelling in Norway

Tyler Johnson

Former Tiger Tyler Johnson started off his European playing career with a bang, recording a natural hat trick over a seven-minute span during the third period of the Stavanger Oilers’ 6-0 win over the Storhamar Dragons on Jan. 29. It was his debut for GET-Ligaen, Norway’s top pro hockey league, which was delayed while his work visa was cleared, Johnson said via a Facebook message.

He earlier assisted former Tiger Jimmy Kilpatrick on a shorthanded score in the first period. Johnson now has eight points (seven goals) in six games and is plus-5. Kilpatrick is fifth in scoring for the Oilers, a team founded in 2001, with 39 points (23 assists) and a plus-28 rating. The Oilers are dominating their league with a 21-point lead over the second-place team. The regular season ends March 1.

In the pros: Johnson joins Kilpatrick in Norway

Thanks to a tip from a reader (Thank you) a Norwegian blog confirmed that former Tiger Tyler Johnson has signed with the Stavanger Oilers, joining former Tiger Jimmy Kilpatrick.

Here’s the Norwegian reporter’s original article. Basically it says the team has had good luck signing former American college players, Johnson had a good senior year,  and the reporter had not had a chance to talk with Kilpatrick about Johnson.


In the pros: Bachman beats Oilers

Jamie Benn scored twice, including the tiebreaker in the third period, rookie goalie and former Tiger Richard Bachman made 25 saves and the Dallas Stars extended their home dominance over the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-1 victory on Saturday.

With the teams even at 1, Benn went hard to the net, collected the rebound of Adam Burish’s shot, and lifted the puck over sprawling Edmonton goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin at 7:03 of the final period. It was Benn’s 13th of the season.

Jordan Eberle, Edmonton’s leading scorer with 17 goals and 43 points, sustained a knee injury in the opening period and did not return.

The Stars haven’t lost at home to the Oilers in regulation since Dec. 8, 2006, going 10-0-1 during that span.

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