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BLOG: Confidence from the crease out

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Anders Nilsson inspires confidence in his teammates, as he should. The Oilers goaltender has started 13 times in the last 15 games. His season numbers continue to get better as he added a 32-save performance in a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres tonight.

“We talk about confidence. From the crease out is the best way and right now we have that,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “He feels good when he’s in there. I can tell you that the 23 guys, even the ones that weren’t dressed tonight, feel good from the crease out. They feel good about him. They believe he’ll make that save when we make mistakes and we’re not going to be perfect. Again tonight, he made some big saves when we needed. We got him some (goal) support and we all get a win, so that’s good for us.”

Nilsson has a .951 save percentage in his last five games. He is also 4-1-0 in that span.

“I’m trying to stay in the present moment all the time and not look back too much and not get ahead of myself. I felt alright today, definitely not my best game,” Nilsson said after the win over Buffalo. “I think I could have had the first one, I definitely want to have that back. It was nice to see after that first goal how the team responded and how we bounced back and scored three unanswered goals right away. It feels good as a goalie when you let in a weak one but then you see your teammates really step up for you and score a few goals. That’s a really nice thing.”

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