Deslauriers gave Oilers a chance

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

OTTAWA -- It had been a while between starts for Edmonton Oilers goaltender Jeff Deslauriers.

The Oilers' backup gave up three goals on 25 shots in regulation, then two more in a shootout in a 4-3 loss.

"He did fine," said Oilers head coach Pat Quinn. "He wanted to play defence a little bit; it looked like he was trying to make some passes and some plays. But if we can get him to concentrate on stopping the puck, we'd be real happy with that. But other than that, he was good."

Quinn was making reference to the couple of occasions Deslauriers was caught behind his own net playing the puck. One almost cost the Oilers a goal. Apart from that, he played well enough to give the Oilers a chance to win.

"I think it took a while to get used to playing a game," said Deslauriers. "They came out hard and had a few shots, but after that I was able to settle down. You have to be able to play those kinds of games. As the game goes on, you can get back into game shape and you become more focused."

Jonathan Cheechoo, Nick Foligno and Chris Neil scored for the Senators in regulation.

Cheechoo was able to fire a shot over Deslauriers' shoulder from in tight. Foligno lifted a backhand past him and Neil muscled in a wraparound.

On the third goal, Deslauriers had a case for interference as he was piled on as the puck crossed the line.

"I'm a little mad at myself for that one," he said. "Next time I'm going to have to hug the post a little harder, I guess."

In the shootout, Alex Kovalev turned him inside out, while Jason Spezza bounced a shot in off him for the winner.

"I have to make that last save," he said. "I thought he was behind me, but I'm obviously going to have to improve on that part of my game to get back to where I was last year."


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