The Oilers are back in the win column.
Magnus Paajarvi scored a go-ahead short-handed goal with 3:10 remaining in the game and Devan Dubnyk made 39 saves as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a five game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Sunday.
The Oilers only managed 14 shots on goal in the game. Head coach Ralph Krueger says Dubnyk stole them the two points.
“You need a goalie to steal you a game every once in a while. We were really flat as a team, and he was just world class and was our leader today in every category.”
Krueger says giving Dubnyk a four day rest appeared to regenerate him completely.
Dubnyk has played every game this season with the exception of the game in Detroit on Saturday.
Dubnyk says he knew he had to be sharp in a back to back situation for his team.
“It was a fun game to play, obviously a little more work than usual, but that’s how you have to win games sometimes. It’s my job to stop whatever comes at me and you know when you get a huge play like that with 3 minutes left in the game, that’s what matters.”
Dubnyk was referring to Paajarvi’s goal. It was the first of the season for the young Swedish forward. Paajarvi says when you have the chance on the penalty kill, you have to jump up and go.
“I tried to scream as much as I could at Gagner, I don’t know if he heard me but great pass, great vision, and I just shot it high and it went in.”
The Oilers finish their 2 game weekend road trip with a 1 and 1 record.
They'll return home to host Dallas on Tuesday. (bu)