Oilers' Dubnyk off to solid start

Devan Dubnyk's play for the Edmonton Oilers has been nothing if not solid recently.  (REUTERS/Alex...

Devan Dubnyk's play for the Edmonton Oilers has been nothing if not solid recently. (REUTERS/Alex Gallardo)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:55 PM ET

PHOENIX — Devan Dubnyk had to work for his first victory of the season.

The Edmonton Oilers goaltender, who went through so much anguish in the pursuit of his first win a year ago, made 38 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

“He was outstanding again,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. “He’s big, he’s composed, he didn’t give any pucks back. He melted to the ice well, he really handed the puck well in the short game and he did a good job of giving it to our defence.”

The second-year goaltender kept the Oilers in the contest early against the Ducks, turning aside all 19 shots he faced in the first period. He was also outstanding as the Oilers clung to a one-goal lead in the third.

“They were firing from everywhere and I was just trying to fight through the screens,” Dubnyk said. “They do a real good job in front, they have some big bodies there. I was just trying to fight through and I thought our guys did a real good job in front clearing the rebounds. I don’t think they had very many second shots.”

Dubnyk has temporarily taking over the Oilers goaltending duties while Nikolai Khabibulin recovers from a groin injury.

Dubnyk is expected to get the start on Tuesday as the Oilers face the Phoenix Coyotes in the second game of a two-game road trip.

“Since I got here last year, I’ve been so impressed with him,” said Oilers defenceman Ryan Whitney. “The best part is his work ethic, especially in practice. He’s a great kid, he has a great future ahead of him.”


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