A good problem to have

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:21 AM ET

It's a dilemma any coach would want.

Regardless of which goaltender Craig MacTavish decides to go with lately, he's getting a great performance.

Mathieu Garon was outstanding in the last two games, helping the Oilers earn their first three-game win streak of the season.

But Dwayne Roloson was outstanding in the four previous games, helping the Oilers win three of them.

"It's nice as coach to know that it's a decision that you're going to be proved right on either way," said MacTavish. "Both guys are playing great."

It's been a while since the Oilers have had two quality goaltenders they could call on.

They have to go back to the days of Grant Fuhr and Andy Moog who split the goaltending duties in the early '80s.

"I don't think I've ever been in that position where it wasn't a considerable dropoff from one to the other," MacTavish said. "The thing that I like about this situation is that both goalies are mature mentally.

"They always say goalies are a little different mentally, but these guys really aren't, they think rationally like everybody else and that's what will make this situation productive for us. I really don't have to worry about the psyche of either guy, they're both confident guys."

MacTavish would not divulge who would get the call tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but did hint he would come back with Roloson.

Originally the plan was to split the two games in California, but due to Garon's shutout performance against the Anaheim Ducks, it was decided to go back with him in Los Angeles.

It proved a good decision as Garon made a number of great saves in a 4-3 shootout victory.

"They're both supportive of one another, they're in it for the right reasons, they're in it for the team," MacTavish said. "It's not about them individually, it's about the team. That's really easy to say, but it's not all that ordinary and it's good to have those guys that are thinking that way."


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