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Take that, Burkie

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- Mathieu Garon had over two weeks between starts for the Edmonton Oilers.

Judging by his performance last night, odds are it won't be that long before he gets the call again.

"The big story was the play of Mathieu in the net," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "He was outstanding. Even in the shootout it looked like he wasn't going to give up anything."

Garon finished with 30 saves and made a couple more in the shootout as the Oilers defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks 3-2 last night.

Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky scored in the shootout while Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz were turned away by the Oilers goaltender.

"When you score two goals in a shootout it makes it easier on the goalie," Garon said. "Sometimes after two weeks off you feel a little rusty but it seemed like in the first period guys were playing good in front of me and they didn't have too many scoring chances, so I think it made it a little easier on me."

Garon's last start for the Oilers came on Oct. 12 where he gave up three goals on the first 11 shots he face against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Chandler, Que., native was pulled in that contest and had since watch Dwayne Roloson play in every minutes of the next six games for the Oilers.

"Sometime when you get pulled in your last game and you don't play for a while you get to think too much," Garon said.

"But I think now getting a big win, the guys are really excited and we really deserved that one."

Instead of starting against his former team, the Los Angeles Kings, he got the call last night.

"It didn't make a difference to me," Garon said. "I was ready for (Saturday) night, but Mac decided to go with Roli and I think that was a good choice for him. I was just happy I was getting the start (yesterday)."

The win was Garon's second and the Oilers third in a shootout this season.

In order to get into the extra session they needed a short-handed goal from Andrew Cogliano late in the third period with Steve Staios in the box.

"(Geoff) Sanderson made a good play," Cogliano said. "He had a chance to try the wraparound on the play, but he knew a lot of guys were heading for the front of the net. He just took it out a little further and got the shot off. I was in good position in front of the net and I was able to get my stick on it."

The Oilers trailed 2-1 and looked as though they'd be heading back home empty-handed.

"With 2:20 left and us on the penalty-kill, I didn't expect us to score a goal," Garon said. "But sometimes you get those and it can change the momentum of the game. Maybe it's going to be good for us in the future too."

Hemsky opened the scoring in the first period.

"We needed this win," Cogliano said.


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