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Stars hold on to beat Oilers 3-2

Saturday, 23.12.2006 / 8:38 PM / Edmonton Oilers
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Stars hold on to beat Oilers 3-2
Dwayne Roloson, sporting his new mask, got the start in goal for Edmonton tonight.

Some physical play behind the net by Raffi Torres and Jarret Stoll drew the game's first penalty. Torres and Stoll both collided with Dallas defenceman Jaroslav Modry and Modry grabbed Torres for the holding penalty.

However, the power play was shortlived as Stoll took a high sticking penalty 50 seconds later.

Marc-Antoine Pouliot had a scoring chance seven minutes in after a mix-up with Stars defenceman Stephane Robidas. He carried the puck into the zone and wristed it on Turco.

A minute later, Torres blasted a shot from the left circle that Turco saved but the rebound was lying in the crease. Stoll tried to scoop it up but the referee whistled the play down after losing sight of the puck.

Dallas struck for the game's first goal just past the midway point of period one. Lindros bodied Smid off the puck behind the Oilers net before finding Klemm in front. He wristed it past Roloson for the goal.

Shots on goal were 10-4 in favour of Dallas after one period.

Dallas took a 2-0 lead five minutes into the second. Jussi Jokinen threaded a pass from the left side boards to Jere Lehtinen in front. He then chipped it past Roloson for the goal.

Philippe Boucher scored less than two minutes later to extend the Stars' lead to 3-0. After Boucher drove to the front of the net, Tjarnqvist failed in his clearing attempt and Boucher found the rebound, slapping it past Roloson before he could get across.

Edmonton had an opportunity to get back in the game with eight minutes to go. Penalties to Lindros and Barnes just over a minute apart gave the team a two-man advantage.

On the five-on-three, Bergeron ripped a one-timer that Turco stopped but Horcoff found the rebound fed him at the point again. This time, Bergeron took some time to corral the puck before blasting it under the arm of Turco.

With time winding down in the second, the Oilers struck again to close the gap to 3-2. Pisani fired a low shot that Turco turned away but Lupul was on the doorstep to put home the power play goal.

After two, shots on goal were 17-15 for the Stars.

The Oilers had to kill back-to-back penalties in the first part of the opening period and did just that, killing off their fifth power play of the night.

Action in the final frame was fast paced with few whistles as both teams had scoring chances during the end-to-end action.

With 2:20 to go, Lupul tried to wrist it on his off-wing and Turco had some trouble but was able to knock it down with his blocker.

With two minutes left, Raffi Torres lifted the stick of Brenden Morrow from behind as the Stars captain was breaking in on goal. Inexplicably, referee Marc Joanette called a penalty on the play which put the Oilers behind the eight ball - they were down a man but desperately needed a goal.

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