Throwback Thursday: This week in 1979, Edmonton Oilers make debut on Hockey Night in Canada

Welcome back to another edition of Throwback Thursday! 

This week in 1979 (Oct. 10), the Edmonton Oilers made their debut on the first-ever Hockey Night in Canada broadcast from Edmonton.

The Oilers played host to the Detroit Red Wings that night in a game that ended in a 3-3 tie. Blair MacDonald scored two goals while Mark Messier added a third.

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On the broadcast that night were Gerry Pinder and Jim Robson.

Only three days earlier, the Oilers made their NHL debut visiting  Chicago, who defeated the Edmtonton 4-2 in thanks to two-point performances from John Marks, Bob Murray and Terry Ruskowski.

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Kevin Lowe scored the first NHL goal for the Oilers at the 9:49 mark of a five-goal first frame and Dave Hunter scored about five minutes later.

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