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Don't blame Roli

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

Does he have to score them now, too?

It's been three games and over 183 minutes since the Edmonton Oilers have scored a goal for Dwayne Roloson, dating back to the preseason.

Last night the Edmonton Oilers goaltender was outstanding in a 1-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

He was very good in a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last week and was hung out to dry in a 4-0 loss to the Calgary Flames in the preseason.

"Roli played great, he saved us a lot of times tonight," said Oilers winger Robert Nilsson. "I think we played pretty well, we had a lot of chance, but sometimes the puck just doesn't go in."

The closest the Oilers came to scoring was when Erik Cole dribbled a shot off the goalpost in the third period.

Ales Hemsky had another great chance late in the third period but Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was able to get a glove on the puck on a set up in front by Nilsson.

"In a game like that, you just have to keep on it" Nilsson said. "You can't get frustrated just because you're not scoring on your chances. You have work hard. It's another day tomorrow and we have work some things out.

"The chances are there, but it's not just the finishing, there are some other things there, it's not just a matter of not being able to score. We have to play a little bit easier in the back end because everything starts from there."

The loss was Roloson's second of the regular season. And just like his previous game against the Blackhawks, he had to face a barrage early on as the Oilers were outshot 15-10 in the first period.

The Oilers were outshot again in the second, then came out strong in the third with a number of good opportunities to pull out the win.

"We are getting chances but we have to play better," said Oilers forward Marc Pouliot. "We need to see improvement in a lot of areas. We have to play better in our own zone, maybe forecheck a little better and play with a little more structure."

The loss was a big one for the Oilers who have now dropped four straight and are heading out on a seven-game road trip starting Thursday in Nashville.

"It's the same scenario, the same story about being too cute, not being aggressive enough on the attack," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "We're being stubborn and not going to the tough areas to score goals."


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