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Goalies aim to move on

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

Rebound control is about to take on a whole new meaning for the Red Light Twins.

Scorched for 10 goals Tuesday night, Dwayne Roloson and Jeff Deslauriers, more than anyone, have to forget about the double-digit disaster and fish their confidence out of the net like so manyBuffalo Sabres' pucks.

The last thing the Oilers need right now is a couple of jittery netminders.

"That's part of the mental toughness that you need to play this game," said head coach Craig MacTavish. "You have to shelve a performance like that. For a goalie, especially a young goalie, it doesn't do you any good at all to dwell on stuff like that."

Roloson has been around longer and is probably better equipped to forget about giving up goals at 10 and 71 seconds, and getting hooked 10:17 into the first period, after three goals on eight shots. That's why MacTavish is leaning toward the veteran against Minnesota tomorrow.

"He doesn't have a great record against Minny (2-5-1 in his last eight), but he's got the experience and the mental toughness. I fully expect him to shake that off and have a good game."

Roloson says he has already put it behind him.

"Quoting one of my former coaches, I use the 12 hour rule: forget about it after 12 hours. You can't really worry about it. That's the mindset I've used ever since he told me that and so far it's worked for me."

Goalies lug around enough equipment without having to worry about carrying around baggage.

"It'll snowball and get worse," said Roloson. "You have to come to practice the next day and have fun and enjoy it and do the little things you have to do to be ready for the next game.

"I can't speak for anybody else, as a goalie it's frustrating, it's tough to deal with, but I think every other player in the locker-room is going through the same thing. I can guarantee you there wasn't one guy in here, goalie or player, who felt any different that 10 goals went in."

Deslauriers, who was making his first NHL appearance since Nov. 30, will have to stew over this one until he gets another start.

"You never want those games, but it happens," he said, adding the experience hasn't rattled him. "Yesterday is yesterday, it doesn't matter, I have to focus on tomorrow."

All goalies get shelled at some point, he said, it comes with the territory. Letting in seven goals doesn't mean he's not NHL calibre.

"I've played good games before at this level, so I know that I can do the job, that's no problem with me," he said. "I'll just stay positive and do what I've been doing since the start of the year.

"I'm 24, I'm sure I'm going to have bad games when I'm older.

"Live and learn. It's a pretty hard lesson to learn, but you learn from it."


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