Garon is Mr. Automatic

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

It's to a point where they probably don't even need to bother shooting.

Mathieu Garon has been so exceptional in the shootout this season, that's it's becoming automatic for the Edmonton Oilers.

Last night Garon stopped all three Detroit Red Wing shooters improving his record to 9-0 on the season. In the process, the Oilers broke a league record with their 13th shootout win.

'SPECTACULAR'

"When you have a goaltender that only allows two goals on 29 shots, that's pretty spectacular," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"That record is certainly a testament to our goaltender. One goal is usually enough to win the shootout with Mathieu in net."

Last night Garon stopped Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler in the shootout.

Robert Nilsson scored the shootout winner for the Oilers in the 4-3 victory.

"We have a lot of confidence in the shootout," Nilsson said. "In shootouts Mathieu is awesome. That's what gives us confidence to win in them. He stops three-out-three facing two of the best shootout players in the world.

"It's big for us."

The Oilers broke the Dallas Stars record for shootouts set last season. They improved their shootout record to 13-3 on the season.

"I feel good in the shootout," Garon said. "I know guys are going to score for me. I just wanted to be able to make the saves and give our guys a chance to win the game."

It had been over a month since the Oilers had been involved in shootout.

LOST HORCOFF

Since then they had lost one of their go-to shooters in Shawn Horcoff who is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Regardless the Oilers were still able to pull out the victory as Nilsson scored his second shootout goal of the season. "It's a great feeling to score the shootout goal for the win," Nilsson said. "It's an honour to go out there. I just tried to do the best I could and I was able to score."


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