Roli plays kitty bar the door

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

He may not have stolen the game for the Edmonton Oilers, but Dwayne Roloson played a big part in the team's most important win of the season.

Roloson, making his 19th consecutive start since being acquired from Minnesota on March 7, made 23 saves setting the stage for Ales Hemsky's heroics in a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks yesterday at Rexall Place.

"He played exceptionally well," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "The thing that I liked about his game, other than the fact he only let in one goal, is that he controlled a lot of his rebounds. Everything went into him, he absorbed it all and he didn't give them a lot of second opportunities."

The only shot to beat Roloson on the night came off the stick of Andy McDonald, the Ducks second-leading scorer.

McDonald came in off the wing and beat Roloson over the shoulder from the top of the face-off circle in the first period to tie the game 1-1.

After that, the Oilers goaltender shut the door.

"I felt good out there," Roloson said. "I thought as a team we played well. That's what we have to do going forward."

Since the Oilers acquired Roloson their cumulative goals against average is down by almost a goal per game.

Roloson has not conceded more than three goals in his last six starts. Yesterday he kept the Oilers in the game especially in the second period when the Ducks fired 13 shots in his direction. He also came up big on a couple of occasions in the third.

"He played really well, he was composed and in a good spot every night," said Oilers centre Ethan Moreau. "That's what we need. When we get good goaltending we win and we proved that again tonight."

And just like all of his teammates, Roloson was ecstatic when Hemsky scored the winning goal with just 34 seconds left in the third period.

"I was jumping up and down there, good thing there wasn't any cameras on me," Roloson said.

"They have the old saying 'White men can't jump', I was probably an inch off the ground. But I was pretty happy but I had to be ready to go just in case they got some shots at the end."


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