Veteran Barons goaltender Yann Danis had a game he would like to forget Saturday night, but his teammates scored six third-period goals to rally for a 7-5 win.
Grand Rapids defenseman Brett Skinner, trying to kill a penalty, scored a shorthanded goal on a 130-foot shot from his own defensive zone late in the first period. Danis' stick initially stopped the puck, but the crowd of 4,277 gasped when it trickled slowly past the goal line.
“You see that about once a year,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “It even happens up in the National (Hockey) League.”
Danis allowed another soft goal that helped the Griffins lead 3-1 after two periods. Trying to keep a play alive, Gustav Nyquist poked at the puck in the crease. Once again, it trickled through Danis' legs.
“I'm sure he would like to have this (game) back,” Nelson said. “He's saved our bacon a lot of times. Tonight our guys pulled together and saved his.”
It was Danis' first start in a month. His only action since a Jan. 12 start with the Barons was playing the final two periods of Edmonton's lopsided loss to San Jose three weeks ago during his stint with the NHL club.
BARONS HAVE A REVAMPED DEFENSE
The Barons' signing of veteran defensemen Brett Clark, 36, and Randy Jones, 31, has had a trickle-down effect. Alex Plante and Nathan Deck were healthy scratches for both games against Grand Rapids.
Veteran defenseman Theo Peckham also is in Oklahoma City to work on his conditioning before returning to Edmonton. The Barons' other three defensemen in the weekend series were Colten Teubert, Taylor Fedun and Martin Marincin.
“We're going with the guys who have pretty much been with us all year,” Nelson said. “There are no more tryouts. Everybody has had an opportunity to prove themselves.”
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