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Dubnyk holds his own

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 AM ET

EDMONTON - If you’re looking for Devan Dubnyk, he’s the guy on the clothesline.

As in hung out to dry by the rest of his Edmonton Oilers’ teammates.

The sophomore goalie did the best he could to stem the tide on a night when the Oilers were outshot 32-12, but a 2-1 loss to the Canucks is all he could manage.

“It wasn’t our best game, or what we wanted,” said Dubnyk, whose record falls to 2-3-2 despite a .918 save percentage (which is only going up after Sunday’s onslaught). “But that’s how it goes sometimes. We were trying, we were working, we just couldn’t seem to get pucks deep or get anything going. But it’s a long season and we’re going to continue to learn.”

Vancouver provided a pretty humbling lesson for the 19 other guys on the team. Even though Edmonton didn’t get a single shot on goal for the first 19:55 of the third period, Dubnyk never gave up hope, never got frustrated, and that’s an important step in his development.

“You learn as a goalie that the most important thing is to just don’t play the score, let the game come to you. You can’t be thinking ‘Come on boys, get it down there.’ My job is to stop the puck, whether it’s 60 shots, 20 shots, 10 shots. As a goalie you stand down there, block it out and try and stop the next one that comes at you.”

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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