PHILADELPHIA - Last weekâs bye week for the NHLâs Edmonton Oilers came at a perfect time for defenseman Darnell Nurse. Forty-eight hours after scoring the first overtime goal and second game-winning goal of his career in a victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, Nurse was in Austin, Texas, a week ago tonight to watch his younger sister, Kia, play for the first time as a collegian.
âIt was incredible, obviously, to have him around,â Kia Nurse said. âI havenât seen him for a while since he wasnât even home for Christmas. We were able to catch up and go to dinner. To see him in the stands cheering, that was fun.â
Darnell Nurse, a year older than Kia - he turns 23 on Feb. 4 - was Edmontonâs first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 2013 NHL draft. He is in his third full season with the Oilers. He netted his career-high sixth goal of the season on Jan. 13 as he took a pass from Drake Caggiula and beat Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrist shot 55 seconds into the overtime to start a celebration among the Oilersâ fans in the record crowd of 18,351 in Las Vegas.
âI just shot hard, close your eyes and shoot hard,â he said with a smile during a postgame interview.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has played in all 47 games for Edmonton (21-23-3) and leads the team in plus/minus at plus-17 while ranking fourth in penalty minutes with 44. According to Kia Nurse, neither his outstanding game against Vegas nor the outstanding season sheâs been putting together with the Huskies came up in Austin.
âWe donât talk about our sports,â she said. âI donât know anything about hockey and he doesnât know enough about basketball to really say anything about it other than, âGood game.ââ
UConnâs senior guard had 13 points in the win over Texas. She added 17 points in Thursdayâs victory over Tulsa and 24 points, six rebounds, and four assists Sunday.