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Roy gets in on action

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Mathieu Roy is hoping his string of bad luck is over.

Last night the Edmonton Oilers defenceman was in the lineup for the first time this regular-season, replacing the injured Joni Pitkanen.

"It's too bad that a couple of guys are hurt, but it's my chance to play, so I'll try to take it," said Roy, who fought with Colorado bruiser Ian Laperriere in the first period last night.

Roy hadn't been in the lineup since Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien ran his face through the end boards during the exhibition season. That night Roy had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after being unable to move his head.

He ended up suffering a concussion on the play and has since been working to try and get back in the lineup.

"I've been ready for about a week, but it's hard because they want to make sure my head is fine and everything is OK," Roy said.

"Everything is in place for me now to start this year."

Last season Roy spent most of his time with the Hamilton Bulldogs where he was named an AHL all-star.

He was called up by the Oilers towards the second half of the season, played 16 games - scoring two goals in the process - before he was knocked out of the lineup with a concussion.

This year he was pencilled in to challenge for one of the top six spots on the blue-line before he got hurt.

"At one point this bad luck is going to quit, it's not going to stay on me all the time," Roy said.

"Hopefully it's over now and I'll be able to go forward from this point on."


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