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Rolie stands tall

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:34 AM ET

Much of the spotlight shone on Edmonton's youngsters last night, but the happy ending never would have happened if it wasn't for the oldest guy on the team.

Dwayne Roloson, all 37 years of him, was named first star in holding the Oilers fort at Rexall Place.

"Rolie gave us a chance to get out of the first period," said head coach Craig MacTavish. "And then we settled in and started to make plays."

In a back and forth contest with plenty of chances, Roloson stopped 28 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime, then blanked Jonathon Cheechoo, Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton in the shootout to seal the win.

Roloson looked to have a 2-1 win in the book, but with the Sharks on a two-man advantage (on the power play and with their goalie pulled), Thornton tied it in the final minute.

"They get an unlucky break," Roloson said of his penalty killers.

"Everybody was in perfect position. They had a guy coming back door, we had that lane covered and it goes off a stick, off both posts and in the net. It's unfortunate that it happend, but all that matters is we won."

Shootouts aren't any goalie's favourite time of night, but Roloson has learned to make the most of them.

"For me personally, I don't really care. But the fans love it, so that's all that matters," he said. "They get excited, and when they get excited obviously we get excited."


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