CALGARY — It was like going in for a job interview and the boss doesn’t ask any questions, just sits there and looks at you for 15 minutes.
It was like trying out for the lifeguard position in an empty pool.
Jeff Deslauriers came in for the second half of Sunday’s pre-season finale against Calgary all set to make a last, and lasting, impression on the coaching staff.
Then he waited. And waited. And waited. And waited.
You could almost hear the screaming in his brain: will somebody shoot the bleeping puck at me!
They didn’t. In the 8:26 he played in the second period, he didn’t get one.
For the first 7:01 of the third period... nothing.
“I’m like ‘What’s happening right now,’” chuckled Deslauriers, who’s up against Devan Dubnyk for the backup job this season. “That’s how it turns out sometimes. Against Phoenix I had 16 shots in 20 minutes.
“This time the guys stepped up their game and we’re trying to create offensively at the other end to try and get the tying goal.”
At least there was a big flurry late in the third period. The Flames fired nine quick ones, a lot of them pretty dangerous, and Deslauriers stopped them all. He finished with 10 saves in 26:49 of work.
“They came hard because they’re a strong, fast team.”
Dubnyk, who got the start, played the first 33:32, allowing one goal on 18 shots.