He has been referred to as the Big Easy because Devan Dubnyk has the ability to let go of a bad goal. Even his new head coach expects that the Edmonton Oilers goaltender won’t worry about his last bad game. But the goalie in question admitted on Thursday when the Oilers returned to the rink that he didn’t completely forget about everything. “It is one game and you do have to move on” he said about the Oilers’ 5-4 season-opening loss which was punctuated by turnovers and long-range goals on Tuesday. “But at the same time you have to let it hurt a bit and allow yourself to be disappointed because you need to understand that those things can’t happen often and I’ll make sure they don’t. “Obviously I need to be better than I was. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. I know what I have to do” Dubnyk continued after he put in extra work with goaltending coach Frederic Chabot and had an on-ice chat with head coach Dallas Eakins. “I’ve been in this situation before. It’s disappointing. I certainly feel like I let a lot of guys in the room down but I know they know I’ll be there for them in the next game.” With three days between the first game against the Winnipeg Jets and Saturday’s contest against the Canucks in Vancouver the Oilers were pushed through the paces on Thursday. After a practice laced with competition drills and heavy on instruction about limiting turnovers the players huffed and puffed their way through a conditioning skate.
Oilers Devan Dubnyk punishes himself by feeling the sting of mistakes
Edmonton Journal | Oct 5