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Roli fights back

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

ATLANTA -- You have to admire the fight in Dwayne Roloson.

He sat out seven in a row. Then he turned in a second period to forget in the Washington loss to start this trip.

There have been more occasions than he could count where he could have quit, pouted, slumped or folded his tent. Instead, he went out and stopped 11 of 12 in a shootout against the Caps - which should have been good enough for a win - and backstopped the Oilers to a crucial 4-2 win yesterday in Atlanta.

"He was solid tonight from start to finish," said head coach Craig MacTavish, who said all along Roloson would be back with a bang. "It's how you deal with the adversity (that) is really the test of character. A lot of guys wouldn't have handled it as professionally as he handled it. You have to remember that the team is the most important factor in all this and it doesn't hurt to be happy for a teammate when Mathieu is playing well. Roli was able to do that."

Roloson kicked out 29 of 31 shots from an Atlanta team that knows how to finish.

"I felt really good from the drop of the puck," he said, admitting it took him a couple of periods to get his bearings in Washington. "It's a lot easier to play when you're playing lots. But at the same time you have to understand the situation and do whatever it takes to help your guys win."


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