The first edition of the 2016/17 Battle of Alberta in NHL hockey went decisively in favor of the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. Edmonton did not go very long in the game without tallying a goal as they upended the Calgary Flamesin a high-scoring affair 7-4. The result gives the Oilers two points in the standings on a night when theybroke the regular-season ice in their new downtown building, Rogers Place.

Connor McDavid had a two-goal night

Connor McDavid, the 19-year-old captain of the Oilers, didn't waste any time in getting his first multi-point night of the season. First McDavid assisted on a Zack Kassian goal in the first period, one that gave Edmonton a 3-1 lead.

Then the captain authored a goal of his own midway through the second period. A couple of game minutes later McDavid was awarded a penalty shot, one that he made good on, for the Oilers fifth goal of the night.

Several different Oilers scored

That goal proved to be the game winner, however the night was one where Edmonton had no shortage of offense. Besides McDavidseveralother Oilers scored including Jordan Eberle, Patrick Maroon, and Jesse Puljuvari. The latter two players, Maroon andPuljuvari, scoring for Edmonton is a great sign for this team. Last year Maroon came over to Edmonton late in the season from the Anaheim Ducks.

He was very effective in late-season games in Edmonton and there was a question as to whether that was just a temporary streak or something he could keep up.

While nothing is proven yet, a goal on the opening night should help this player's confidence immensely. The same could be said ofPuljuvari, a Finnish player that scored on a wrister in his NHL debut.

What's next for Edmonton

The Oilersare idle on Thursday and then they will play Calgary again on Friday, a game that will come from Cowtown.

The start time is 7pm MT as the Flames will be looking to bounce back in front of their own home crowd. Following that game, Edmonton return home for a three-game homestand against the Buffalo Sabres, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the St. Louis Blues.

In theOilers' entire October schedule they will play nine games in total.

The first is already done and I would award them a solid B+ for the win with some lost marks for giving up four goals.

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