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Oilers’ Dubnyk not in awe

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:47 AM ET

NEWARK — Your teams on a losing streak, you’ve only started one game this year and, oh, by the way, the goalie at the other end is Martin Brodeur.

Pressure? Yeah.

Cool? That, too.

Devan Dubnyk had a night to remember Friday, even if he’d rather forget the ending.

“I’ll look back at it later, maybe tomorrow or in a few days, and it’ll be pretty cool,” said Dubnyk, who matched the future Hall of Famer save for save. “It was fun, probably in a couple of days I’ll enjoy it a little more.”

Brodeur was playing his 1,091st NHL game against Devan Dubnyk, playing his 22nd, but the sophomore made a point of not being in awe.

“I try not to think at all about the other goalie, other than he’s not going to give up much so I have to do the same at my end,” he said, after earning the 4-3 overtime loss point on a night the Oilers were outshot 39-24.

“You can’t think about the other things, like the other team, or you’re putting the game above yourself. You have to be part of it.”

He made a week’s worth of five-star saves, none better than the glove save on Mattias Tedenby that would made Brodeur proud.

“I felt fine,” said Dubnyk. “I haven’t been nervous for the games. I was pretty much in for most of the game two nights ago. I tried to work off that.”

Head coach Tom Renney liked what he saw.

“Outstanding,” said Renney. “Stood tall, looked big, controlled his rebounds. Solid performance by him.”

ANY TIME NOW: Magnus Paajarvi brought a five-game scoreless drought into last nights game. Itll be six in New York Sunday.

“Kind of like the team; some games Ive been really good and some games really bad,” he said. “I have to keep the good things up and the bad things away.”

ON THE OUTS: G Nikolai Khabibulin had the night off. Hes been shell-shocked lately, giving up 10 goals in a little more than three periods (42 shots)... The Devils were without captain Jamie Langenbrunner, who’s down with a head injury. He’s tied for the team lead with nine points on the year.

LATE HITS: With Shawn Horcoff, who’s still hampered by a charley horse, out of the lineup, Tom Renney went with 11 forwards and seven defencemen. Steve MacIntyre sat this one out, but is expected back for Sunday against the Rangers in Madison Square Garden... Gilbert Brule is minus 8 in his last five games.

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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