Goalie finding a groove

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

NEW YORK -- Kyle Brodziak could see this coming.

He saw enough of Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers in the minors to know he's capable of dominating, even at the NHL level.

"When he's confident he's unbelievable. I think everyone knows that," said Brodziak, after Drouin-Deslauriers posted his second win in a row.

"In the last two games he's looked extremely confident and aggressive. He wants to save the puck and the results are showing. He looks great out there.

"It's good for him but he's taken the opportunity and made the best of it."

The Oilers haven't been particularly easy on their keepers lately, giving up 38, 34, 38 and 42 shots in their last four games, but Drouin-Deslauriers stopped 91 of the 94 he's faced going back to the third period relief effort in Pittsburgh.

"I feel pretty good," said Deslauriers.

"Knowing before the game that they were the best team in the east was a pretty good challenge for me.

"I knew they were going to come hard, that's what they did from the drop of the puck. They're a very skilled team, fast and big, but I think our guys replied with a good answer, lots of energy."

His first regular season shootout coming at Madison Square Garden is pretty cool too.

"I had a lot of help from my goalie coach and a sports psychologist back in Edmonton," said Drouin-Deslauriers, who got lit up on his pre-season shootout appearances.

"That helped me because I was struggling in shootouts. But it was just one game - I have to work on that and continue to get better.

"Those guys are so talented and so skilled. I tried to talk to myself and be as calm as I could and it worked out."

So the Oilers goaltending situation might be a little clearer this morning. Or, maybe not. The way all three of their stocks have been rising and falling, who knows?

"Till it plays itself out we're going to continue to keep the three goalies around," said Craig MacTavish.


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