|Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco (35) deflects a shot as teammate Trevor Daley (6) and Edmonton Oilers center Marty Reasoner (19) look on. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)|
Four minutes into the game, Robert Nilsson threaded a pass across the slot to Sam Gagner who one-timed it past Stars starting goaltender Marty Turco for the goal.
Edmonton ran into some penalty trouble early, getting their second of the night shortly after taking the lead. Ladislav Smid was sent off for roughing at the 4:39 mark.
Just as that penalty expired, Mike Ribeiro scored, taking a cross-crease pass from Antti Miettinen and wristing it by an outstretched Dwayne Roloson.
22 seconds later, Jeff Halpern redirected a Matt Niskanen point shot past the Oilers netminder and just like that, Dallas had taken the lead at 2-1.
It only took the Oilers a minute and 20 seconds to respond. Dustin Penner picked up the puck behind the Stars net and attempted to centre it. The puck bounced off the head of Dallas defender Stephane Robidas and into the net, tying the game once again at 2-2.
Just when it looked like the Oilers were back on even terms, this time it took Dallas 40 seconds to regain their one-goal edge. Mike Modano took a feed from Jussi Jokinen and slipped it into the open cage.
After the goal, Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish replaced Dwayne Roloson with Mathieu Garon in net for Edmonton. Roloson had allowed three goals on seven shots.
Kyle Brodziak almost tied the game with five minutes left in the opening period. Coming in on a two-on-one with Andrew Cogliano, Brodziak opted to shoot and his blast went off Turco and then ricocheted off the left post.
After one period, Dallas had a 9-8 edge in shots over Edmonton.
Edmoton received its first power play of the evening 3:13 into the second period. Stu Barnes hooked Fernando Pisani along the side boards just as the line of Pisani, Nilsson and Gagner started to forecheck and create some chances deep in the Stars end.
After being unsuccessful on a pair of power plays, the Oilers used that momentum to start to take over the game.
Edmonton eventually tied the game up at 3-3 with just over nine minutes to play in the second. Tom Gilbert picked up the puck in the high slot and wristed it past a screened Turco for the goal.
Late in the period, the Stars started to take the play to Edmonton and it ultimately resulted in their fourth goal of the game. Miettinen threaded a pass over to the right circle where Zubov shot it into the open net, making it 4-3 Dallas.
Shots after two were 20-14 in favour of Dallas.
Dallas almost took a two-goal lead in the third period when Niskanen's shot rang off the crossbar behind an outstretched Garon.
Minutes later, Edmonton came back the other way and knotted the game up at 4-4. Horcoff's shot during a scramble in front of Turco trickled by the Stars netminder.
The Stars made a last-ditch effort to settle the game in regulation, crashing the Edmonton net in an attempt to take the lead but Garon stood tall in keeping it a tie game through to the end of the third period.
At the end of regulation, shots on goal were 26-21 for the Stars.
Stoll grabbed Jussi Jokinen 2:04 into the extra frame, giving Dallas a power play with the opportunity to win the game.
On the ensuing powerplay, Horcoff broke up a Stars cross-ice feed and skated down on a two-on-one with Gilbert. Horcoff tried to centre a pass to Gilbert but it was broken up by Zubov and taken the other way for a three-on-one.
On the next shift, Zubov threw the puck towards the net where it was redirected by Brenden Morrow past Garon.