Thursday, February 7, 2013
Dallas Stars 3, Edmonton Oilers 2 (OT)
Stars win their second straight road game in thrilling overtime game.
The Dallas Stars won their second straight road game Wednesday night in Edmonton, defeating the Oilers 3-2 in overtime. The win improved Dallas to 5-5-1 on the season and 3-4-0 on the road, where they had struggled to score until recently. Edmonton fell to 4-4-2.
After a scoreless first period in which both teams had plenty of prime scoring chances they couldn't capitalize on, Edmonton finally broke through at 3:21 of the second. The Oilers peppered Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen with a barrage of excellent shots, until rookie defenseman Brendean Dillon got tied up with Lehtonen and the Oilers' Alex Hemsky took advantage to score his fourth goal of the season for the 1-0 lead.
Dallas struck back with seven minutes remaining in the middle frame after a thrilling back-and-forth sequence in which Dallas' Loui Eriksson and Edmonton's Nail Yakupov both hit the posts on the rush. Jamie Benn deked past two Oilers to enter the zone before losing the puck behind the net, but linemate Jaromir Jagr recovered and dished a pass back to Benn who one-timed it in for his third goal in the last two games and a 1-1 tie.
With under two minutes remaining in the second and Dallas on the powerplay thanks to an extremely questionable hooking penalty on Hemsky, new offseason acquisition Derek Roy scored on a shot from the point for his first goal as a Dallas Star and a 2-1 lead heading into the final period.
Edmonton got the equalizer 7:38 into the third when the Stars predictably got themselves into penalty trouble. With Stephane Robidas off for high-sticking, Oilers rookie defenseman Justin Schultz scored on a slapshot from distance to tie the game at 2-2. Both teams traded chances the rest of the game, but neither scored in regulation, although Eriksson very nearly ended it with a point-blank shot in the final minute that was saved by Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk.
After each team traded chances in overtime, Jagr took a Benn rebound in the corner, skated around a confused Ryan Whitney and wristed one through traffic for his third goal of the season and 668th of his career, pulling him into a tie with Luc Robitaille for 10th all-time in NHL history.
Lehtonen had a spectacular day, stopping 27 of the 29 shots he faced for his fifth win of the season. Dubnyk was equally as good, making 25 saves on 28 shots in the loss.
Dallas next heads back home to face the surging 7-1-1 Anaheim Ducks on Friday at the AAC.