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Dallas Eakins gives Dubnyk the hook in loss to Bruins

Dec 13, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

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Devan Dubnyk didn’t get out of the first period Thursday, and still suffered the loss.

The Edmonton Oilers goalie was yanked to begin the second period after allowing three goals on 18 shots in the opening 20 minutes against the visiting Boston Bruins. That ended his night, and the Oilers, despite making it a one-goal game after two periods, lost 4-2.

“It wasn’t a mercy pull. It wasn’t because of the first one that went in. It was just time to make a change,” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins, as per Gene Principe of Sportsnet.

Dubnyk’s record falls to 9-13-2. Jason LaBarbera came off the bench and into the game, stopping all 12 shots he faced over the final two periods.

The Oilers are in Vancouver for a meeting with the Canucks at Rogers Arena on Friday. The Bruins come to Vancouver on Saturday. It will be their first visit to Rogers Arena since winning the Stanley Cup over the Canucks on June 15, 2011.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    LaBarbera did a great cleanup job for the Oilers. Kept em’ in the game, and I think it gave them a boost to realize that he’ll keep it close if they could do the rest on a Bruins team riddled by injuries, the flu, and 6 total call ups.

    I’ll tell ya, Edmonton, when you finally get a franchise defensemen and a supporting blueline class, it will open the game up for all those speedy 1st round forwards. When they realize the game is within reach, they bring their games up a notch, or ten. Just like the majority of Edmonton games, they played their hearts out, and offensively can contend with the big boys. Throw in some depth, and a stable proven goalie and you’ve got a contender. Best of luck .

  2. charastein - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Chara agree. Oilers good team missing a few important parts. Need a talented D-man….like Chara or friend Seidenberg.

    Next time, draft goalie or defense, then you good for playoffs. Oilers should be a team with a bright future, if they draft well and play their cards right.

  3. pastabelly - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Any half decent Peewee goalie would have stopped Seidenberg’s shot.

    I agree with above comments on Oilers issues. They have some very talented offensive players, but lack the solid defensemen, complimentary forwards who play two way hockey, and experience. A great goalie certainly would cover up some of their problems, but this is not a complete roster.

  4. r4n6er - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I bet Edmonton is kicking themselves for not taking the Schneider now. Imagine all that scoring power backed up by an actual goalie.

    • r4n6er - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      **Schneider deal

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