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Roloson returns to form

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

He made the first save and was cheered for it.

Tough crowd.

Having allowed a goal on the first shot of the game in the 10-2 debacle against the Buffalo Sabres, and then being subsequently pulled in the contest, there were questions as to how Edmonton Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson would respond last night against the Minnesota Wild.

After making the first save, he went on to make the next one, and the one after that. In total, Roloson turned aside 29 of the 30 shots he faced in a 3-1 win.

Only James Sheppard was able to get a shot past the game's first star.

"He's bounced back strong many times before and he was great tonight," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"You always wonder how a game like that (vs. Buffalo) is going to affect a goalie.

"I didn't think he was terrible in that game against Buffalo, but given the circumstances, it gave us an opportunity to give Jeff (Drouin-Deslauriers) some work. I thought (Roloson) bounced back fine."

Perhaps Roloson's best save of the night came early in the contest as the Oilers were riding the wave of momentum created by Steve Staios's hit on Stephane Veilleux and the subsequent fight against Cal Clutterback.

Roloson robbed Antti Miettinen from in tight on a setup by Owen Nolan.

"He was fantastic. I wouldn't expect anything less from him," Staios said. "He's a great veteran, a great professional."

Roloson forgot about the Buffalo performace quickly.

"That game was forgotten about, so it wasn't a mental task for me at all (to come back)," Roloson said.

"We came out and played a great game as a team; we played a full 60 minutes.

"It was probably one of our best games that we've played all year. We were strong offensively and defensively."


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