It was a tough night for Edmonton Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk who was bowled over by teammate Teemu Hartikainen immediately after stopping Marian Hossa on a short-handed breakaway. He left the game with a stinger, but expects to be back by Tuesday.

“From the top of my head to the back of my neck it was burning. I’d never had that happen before,” said Dubnyk. “I could move my fingers and stuff, so I knew I was OK but I didn’t want to move because everything was on fire.

“I couldn’t feel the back of my head for 25 minutes, but they said that was just part of the nerve thing. That’s gone now.

“It’s still stiff to look over one of my shoulders.”

Going into the game, Edmonton’s plan was to have Dubnyk play until March 17 or even March 20 to ensure that veteran Nikolai Khabibulin is ready. Khabibulin had left earlier in the road trip because of a groin injury, which is of concern to the team because he had off-season hip surgery.

Dubnyk will be evaluated again Monday in Denver.

Before the collision, he decided to challenge a streaking Patrick Kane and was left in the winger’s dust. It was a play he’d do over if he had the chance.

“I should have taken him out. It slowed down right by their bench. When I left the net, I honestly didn’t even think it was going to be a race,” Dubnyk said. “I was thinking I was going to get the puck and shoot it around the boards. In hindsight, I should have just slid into him.”

Ironically, Dubnyk had joked earlier in the day that he wouldn’t turn on the TV for at least a week, or at least until the worst plays of the week had aired after a centre-ice hopper got by him in the 6-0 loss to the Nashville Predators.