Devan Dubnyk was hoping it would be his redemption game.

The Edmonton Oilers goaltender got the start Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens after watching Jason LaBarbera get the call in the previous encounter.

Heading into the contest Dubnyk had conceded 10 goals in his two previous starts getting the hook last Saturday in Vancouver against the Canucks.

“I’ve always been confident in Devan” said Oilers winger Taylor Hall. “You look back to this summer when the (Cory) Schneider rumours were big I always thought that Dubbie was the guy for us. I always believed that and I still do. I think a lot of guys in here feel the same way.

“Any guy can have a bad stretch a couple of bad games it’s about how you rebound. We need for him to be good this season. It’s good for him to get his game back on track. We know what he’s capable off and we’re confident in him.”

Dubnyk turned away 12 shots in the first period although Rene Bourque wired a shot that hit the crossbar. He had no chance on the Canadiens’ first goal as Alex Galchenyuk found Brandon Gallagher in on the back-door play. Brandon Prust scored the second from six-inches out.

Dubnyk went into the game looking to improve on his 6.53 goals against average and .831 save percentage.

“I’m not going to stand here and tell you it’s been fun and games it’s not fun to have to sit on a couple of bad games like that” Dubnyk said before the contest. “But I’ve been here before and it’s more just wanting to get back out there. It’s not upset or worried about how things are going to go. It’s just wanting to get back out there and play take some time in practice. I’m excited that it’s here and we’ll get rolling now.”

Back in the game

Ryan Smyth was back in the lineup for the Oilers on Thursday after being relegated to the press box Monday against the New Jersey Devils.

The veteran winger took Ryan Hamilton’s spot on the third line and scored the Oilers first goal of the game.

“Every game is an opportunity and you want to take full advantage of it” Smyth said. “You never want to sit out and watch so obviously there is huge incentive. You want to play consistent you want to play hard and you want to play for your teammates.”

In typical Smyth fashion he scored from a foot out of the net getting knocked down by a cross-check and having the puck bounce in off his stick. The goal was Smyth’s first of the season.