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“After I give up the goal, I try to forgot about that,” he said. “It was my fault. I think I made a couple of saves and I bounced right back. I just try to stay focused on my game, stay patient, go minute-by-minute, stay focused.”

And now, assuming Oates sticks with the plan he was emphatic about after Thursday’s game, Neuvirth will go back to trying to keep himself ready for his next turn, whenever it comes.

“He’ll get his chance,” Oates said.