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Dubnyk rolling out the wins

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

There was a time where it seemed as though Devan Dubnyk would never pick up a win at Rexall Place.

Now, suddenly the Edmonton Oilers goaltender can't lose at home.

On Monday, Dubnyk stopped 25 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild to pick up his third victory of the season, all of which have come in consecutive starts at home.

"The guys played phenomenal in front of me," Dubnyk said. "We went into the third period with a one goal lead and basically gave them nothing, then took the game over. It's a great way to play and it made it easy for me."

This season, nothing has come easy for the goaltender dubbed the Big Easy for his calm demeanor. It took 11 starts for the former first-round pick to earn an NHL win.

In Monday's victory, Dubnyk was not called upon to make too many spectacular saves. Instead he was required to be solid in goal, not give up unnecessary rebounds and give his team a chance to win the game. It's exactly what he provided.

"It's important for me personally to take these opportunities to continue to work and find those things that work and find those things that I need to do in order to play consistently at this level every single night," Dubnyk said.

"I could feel the comfort level growing in the games that I was playing.

"I'm always trying to get better and trying to learn from what I'm doing. I knew they were small mistakes I was making and it took a while for me to bring it all together."

Early on, Dubnyk had a habit of coming up with important saves for his team, but then he would negate them by allowing a soft goal.

It's something he's eliminated in his play as of late, especially at home.

"Obviously you never want to let in a soft goal, but you know everyone in the league does, even the best goalie do," Dubnyk said. "But they have to be very minimal at this level. It's not acceptable to let in one soft goal a night or one every other night. It has to be one every five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 games. You have to be consistent and that's those small things, it's those small adjustments, those little movements that you have to make."


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