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The Oilers held an off-ice workout at Rexall Place Saturday morning, and although the activity within the locker room was surely strenuous, the Oilers were all smiles when they approached the media for interviews -- especially Devan Dubnyk.
It took 11 starts but Dubnyk earned his first NHL win Friday night vs. Detroit and was still all smiles the day after accomplishing the milestone.
"It was tough going to sleep last night, just keep going through the game in my head," he said. "It feels really good today, a relief. It's been a little while since I won a game and that one was obviously pretty special."
HEARTBREAK, THEN CELEBRATE
The win wasn't so easy to come by: Edmonton held a 2-1 lead into the dying moments of regulation, but with 0.3 seconds left on the clock, Detroit's Brian Rafalski caught the puck and snapped it into the net to force sudden death.
Dubnyk isn't dwelling on the game-tying goal and is instead proud of the result.
"I'm just happy it turned out the way it did," he explained. "It's just one of those things -- it happened the way it did, and it was unfortunate, but in the end we got the two points, we got the win and it really doesn't matter how it turned out as long as we got that win."
The win was secured in three shootout rounds, capped by a pad save on Valtteri Filppula.
"It was amazing -- just seeing the puck rolling into the corner, just finally got it done. I just wanted to go head first into the bench with those guys but I thought that might be a bit much," Dubnyk laughed.
"It was great and special to celebrate it with those guys. I know that they were all working real hard for me, it was fun to win one with everybody out there."
FLOCK OF FALCONS ON HAND
Due to an astounding number of injuries this season, the Oilers roster is currently packed with Springfield Falcons call-ups, including Dubnyk and defenceman Theo Peckham.
"We've been playing together for the last three years. I've been going over to his house to play PlayStation every day for the past three years, so it was definitely cool to get him his first win," Peckham said.
"You've been through a lot with those guys, obviously a tough year last year and we were doing well this year when we were there, so you get to know these guys as teammates and as friends and it's fun to battle with them," Dubnyk added.
"As much of a personal good feeling it is to win the game, I think more than anything for me, it feels great to be out there with all those guys and have them all working as hard as they did to get the win."
NEXT UP: SHARKS
The rookie goalie isn't taking it easy now that he's in the win column: after dedicating part of Saturday to replying to 76 congratulatory texts from friends and family -- "I didn't even know I knew that many people," he joked -- he's setting his sights on Sunday's battle vs. the Sharks.
"It's just a relief to get that first one out of the way, but the way the schedule is, we're right back at it and it's not time to sit back and sit on one win," he said. "It's a good day today, enjoy it, and get ready for tomorrow."
OILERS ASSIGN MINARD
One call-up who assisted with Friday's victory but won't be on hand for Dubnyk's next test is forward Chris Minard. Saturday afternoon, the Oilers announced that Minard had been assigned to Springfield.
Minard was called up as an emergency replacement for forward Patrick O'Sullivan.
Author: Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com