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Yann Danis returns, but Barons lose in shootout

After serving as the Edmonton Oilers' backup goaltender, Danis returns to OKC.
By Mike Baldwin Published: March 19, 2013

“The last couple of months have been tough, going up and down,” Danis said. “You go through stretches where you're really not playing. It's an adjustment going up, but it's also an adjustment coming back down. It's not that things don't happen quickly here, but it is a little bit different.

“This definitely was one of my best games in a while. Hopefully I can build on this and get something going for the (playoff) push.”

The Barons took a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Curtis Hamilton scored less than a minute into the game. Anton Lander, returning from a broken foot that sidelined him for six weeks, scored on a two-on-one pass from Toni Rajala.

The Americans scored midway through the second period and tied it early in the third period.

“It was a playoff-style game,” Nelson said. “Both goalies played well down the stretch. The most disappointing thing was we had the game on our stick multiple times. We had a great play in overtime and three power plays in the third. And our goalie stopped four out of five shots in the shootout.”

Rochester fired 25 shots at Danis in the second and third periods, but OKC dominated the overtime period, outshooting the Americans 6-1, including a couple of good scoring chances.

“The guys we rely on in those situations had an off night,” Nelson said. “That happens. Getting a point out of it was a good thing but I would have liked to have gotten two. And it was right there for us.”