Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Dallas Stars 4, Edmonton Oilers 1
Stars get production from their grinders for fourth straight win.
The Dallas Stars got offense from unexpected places Tuesday night in Edmonton, defeating the Oilers 4-1 for their fourth straight victory. The win, their fifth in their last six games, improved Dallas to 7-5-1 on the season. Edmonton fell to 5-4-3.
Edmonton opened the scoring at 12:59 of the first period when Taylor Hall skated past Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas and wristed a sharp-angle shot that escaped Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen for Hall's third goal of the year and the 1-0 lead. The Oilers had several chances to extend their lead later in the period when the Stars were called for two straight penalties, but Lehtonen made some spectacular saves to preserve the one-goal game.
Dallas got the equalizer on a freak bounce at 4:23 of the second period, when rookie defenseman Brenden Dillon launched a shot that bounced off the glass back toward the net, where it deflected off the back of Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk and in for Dillon's second goal of the season and the 1-1 tie. Edmonton clearly outplayed the Stars for the remainder of the period, outshooting them 16-9, but were unable to get anything past Lehtonen.
Having weathered the first two periods, the Stars exploded in the third. Eric Nystrom scored his first of the year on a deflection off an Oilers defenseman just 44 seconds into the third to make it 2-1. Neither team scored after that until 15:25 of the third when the teams were skating 4-on-4. Trevor Daley and Jaromir Jagr missed on a breakaway, but Dallas kept the pressure and chaos on in the Edmonton zone until Jagr found himself with the puck right in front of the Oilers net. Jagr wristed it into the corner for his fourth goal of the season and a 3-1 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Ryan Garbutt took an Edmonton turnover at the Stars blue line and skated in alone, muscled past Oilers defenseman Nick Schultz and pushed the puck past Dubnyk for his second of the season and the 4-1 clincher.
Lehtonen was stellar in net, stopping 35 of 36 shots to improve to 7-2-1 on the year. Dubnyk was not so fortunate, making just 25 saves on 29 shots and falling to 5-4-3.
Dallas next heads to Calgary tomorrow to face the struggling 3-4-3 Flames.