The game puck for Dallas Eakins’ first NHL coaching victory is still on hold.

The Vancouver Canucks toyed with the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 on Saturday driving goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the net after 31 shots in 34 minutes and picking on No. 1 centre Taylor Hall who was minus-four as Edmonton started the season 0-2.

Eakins considered starting backup Jason LaBarbera after Dubnyk struggled in the home opener a 5-4 loss to Winnipeg Jets but listened when the Oilers’ No. 1 goalie steadfastly said he wanted to climb back on the horse against the Canucks.

Unfortunately Dubnyk didn’t have a bounce-back game giving up a knuckler to Dan Hamhuis from 60 feet late in the first period. He was basically a pinata from start to finish and trudged to the bench after giving up five goals.

He’s surrendered 10 goals in his 59 shots over 94 minutes this season.

Was it a mercy pull?

“Yeah 31 shots ... I thought that was enough. Poor kid. It was like the goalie in Slap Shot ‘my hallergies to the fans’ ” said a joking Eakins.

“It was craziness there for the poor kid. He’s in there battling as hard as he can and we’re giving him absolutely no support.”

Dubnyk as he always is was a stand-up guy after the game.

“I let in five goals in half a game” he said.