Under the Scope: Oilers at Stars

An in-depth look at Edmonton's 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars

Thursday, 28.02.2013 / 10:55 PM
Ryan Frankson  - edmontonoilers.com

GAME SUMMARY

The Oilers scored two goals 23 seconds apart in the first period to take a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, but the the Blues won the final two frames 4-0 to post a 4-2 victory on Friday night in St. Louis. Edmonton's goals came from Taylor Hall and Ryan Whitney, while the Blues had tallies from Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka, Kevin Shattenkirk and David Backes. Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves between the Oilers pipes in the defeat. Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:

THE TURNING POINT

With a two-goal deficit in front of them, the Blues stormed into the middle frame and got on the board 3:38 into the period when Jaden Schwartz fired a loose puck in the high slot past Devan Dubnyk to cue the home side's comeback.

PLAY OF THE GAME

The Oilers executed their breakout to perfection on Ryan Whitney's first period goal, as Nail Yakupov set up Ryan Smyth streaking into the offensive zone, and the veteran set up his pinching namesake for a one-timer to make it 2-0.

THE MVP

Jaden Schwartz was the best player on the Scottrade Center ice on Friday night, scoring the Blues' first goal, setting up another and leading the team with six shots on goal. The 20-year-old Melfort, Saskatchewan product also had a blocked shot for good measure. He now has five points in 17 games this season.

THE UNSUNG HERO

Defenceman Ryan Whitney made his return to the Oilers lineup and had a solid performance, scoring his first goal of the season, finishing a pretty passing play with Ryan Smyth and Nail Yakupov. Whitney also blocked two St. Louis shots and played 18:17.

STAT OF THE DAY

The Oilers and Blues feature players who have competed at the last seven World Junior tournaments – Sam Gagner (Canada 2007), Magnus Paajavi (Sweden 2008-2010), Jordan Eberle and Alex Pietrangelo (Canada 2009-2010), Taylor Hall (Canada 2010), Vladimir Tarasenko (Russia 2011), Jaden Schwartz (Canada 2011), Nail Yakupov (Russia 2012-2013) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Canada 2013).

THEY SAID IT

"I was excited to get back out there and get a goal, but it would be a lot nicer if it resulted in a win." – Oilers defenceman Ryan Whitney on his return to the lineup

LOOKING AHEAD

The Oilers are now one-third of the way through their nine-game road trip and will fly from St. Louis to the Twin Cities on Saturday morning in preparation for Sunday's 6:00pm game against the Northwest Division rival Minnesota Wild. From there, it's off to Columbus for a Tuesday date with the Blue Jackets and Detroit to play the Red Wings on Thursday.

DAILY DIGITS

13 – Points on the season for Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz, as he leads all rookie blueliners in scoring, ranks sixth among all NHL rearguards and is tied for second among all NHL rookies

13 – Faceoffs won by Eric Belanger out of 18 attempts, giving him an impressive 81% success rate in the dot

17 – Shots on goal for the Oilers, their second-lowest shot total of the season (14 vs. Columbus on Feb. 10)

16 – Points on the season for Kevin Shattenkirk, putting him second in NHL defencemen scoring

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