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Ty had little help; Jussi lots

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

In a battle of the backups, Jussi Markkanen came out on top.

But, he did have a much better team in front of him than Ty Conklin last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Markkanen, making his second consecutive start for the first time this season, made 20 saves in a 5-2 win.

His best stop came against Fredrik Modin towards the end of the second period, stretching out with his paddle to take away what appeared to be a sure goal.

"It's something that we desperately need," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "That's good for Jussi, he's been a confident goaltender."

At the other end, the contest would have been over by the end of the first period had it not been for Conklin.

The former Oiler goalie, stopped 15 of 16 shots in the first period. The Jackets in turn only had four shots on net in the first. Conklin finished with 32 saves on the night.

"He kept us in the first period," said Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock.

"We were then able to come back and make it 3-2.

"But then I thought the fourth and fifth goals were perfect examples of really poor coverage in front of our net."

It was Conklin's first visit to Edmonton since being allowed to walk away as a free agent at the end of the season.

Conklin had spent the majority of the year in the minors with the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

He was called up just over a month ago when Blue Jackets starter Pascal Leclaire went down with a knee injury.

Conklin then became the starter when Fredrik Norrena hurt his groin this past Saturday.

"I was less nervous and less anxious than I thought I would be," Conklin said.

"I think playing the second of back to back games helped settle me down a little bit.

"And I was able to make a couple of saves early, which helped."


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