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Garon definitely the go-to guy in goal

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

DALLAS -- Mathieu Garon went into the season as the Edmonton Oilers starting goaltender.

Seven exhibition games later, nothing has changed.

Garon got the start last night as the Oilers wrapped up their preseason with a 3-2 win in Dallas against the Stars, and will be in goal when the Oilers play their first meaningful game of the season on Sunday.

"It's going to be a week before we play a regular-season game, so it was good to get into this game," Garon said.

"I'm feeling good right now. I've been practicing a lot getting ready for this game."

Garon played three of the seven exhibition games for the Oilers claiming both of the team's wins. Last night he made 41 saves.

"He played well, he did what he had to," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "There were a few good deflection saves.

"But other than that, he was just really in the right spot. For 41 shots you think he would have been spectacular, but he was just solid.

"We gave them the strong-side shots and took away - with the exception of the power-play goal - the weak side."

Cowboys country

There were plenty of empty seats last night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Part of the reason had to do with the fact last night's game against the Edmonton Oilers was an exhibition encounter.

The other reason was because the Dallas Cowboys hosted the Cincinnati Bengals earlier that day.

"(Ken) Hitchcock was good to talk to about that," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"You'd ask him about the Stars and what kind of representation they would get at the press conference after a game on a Sunday when the Cowboys played, and it would be just one guy."

In a state where football is the top sport, the Cowboys are king.

Yesterday over 62,000 people packed into Texas Stadium, which is only about a 10-minute drive - traffic notwithstanding - from the Dallas downtown core.

The Oilers don't have that issue being the top team in town, something MacTavish appreciates.

"I love the action," he said. "I'd miss the action. But it's a different animal down here for sure."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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