Rookie came so close

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

The chants came from the nosebleeds and got louder with every save Devan Dubnyk made.

If he keeps this up the sound of "Duby, Duby, Duby," will become commonplace at Rexall Place.

Wednesday night, the Edmonton Oilers rookie goaltender made his fifth start of the season, and had it not been for another late collapse, aided by a late penalty and a bad call, he could have picked up his first NHL victory.

Yet despite playing his best game to date, making 26 saves in the contest, Dubnyk and the Oilers came up short, losing 3-2 in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks.

"I felt better out there, I've felt better each game and I'm just tying to build on each one of them," Dubnyk said.

"I thought we had that one tonight. But I'm just going to try not to let it be a setback and use it as a building block to try and get that first win."

For over 55 minutes, Dubnyk had out-duelled Canucks star Roberto Luongo as the Oilers held a 2-1 lead late into the third period.

However with Shawn Horcoff and Alexandre Burrows off on coincidental minors, Andrew Cogliano got nabbed for pulling on Mikael Samuelsson's jersey, giving the Canucks a four-on-three power play.

It took them all of seven seconds to convert as Henrik Sedin found Sami Salo coming in from the point for the tying goal. The Canucks defenceman, however, got lucky on the shot as he didn't get it all and it knuckled past the Oilers goaltender.

"That was the perfect missed shot," Dubnyk said. "I got out on him, pushed hard on him, got to the top of my crease -- he's got a big shot. He come out and leans on it and it flutters off perfectly into the top corner. It's one of those things that you have to shake off and keep going."

Dubnyk had little chance on the OT goal.

"Dubby played really well, he's making really good plays with the puck which makes our defenceman a lot going back to get the puck," said Grebeshkov.

"He also made a few huge saves for us. He played really well."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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