Dallas got on the board first, 3:21 into the game. Steve Ott picked up the puck in the corner of the Oilers zone and passed it to Mike Modano at the left circle. He then threaded it across the slot to Jeff Halpern who had an open cage in which to deposit the puck.
The Oilers started to carry the play after falling behind by a goal, rattling off the next four shots on goal.
In their best chance of the sequence, Horcoff dug the puck out of the corner and threw it in front to Pisani. His shot was blocked by Turco.
Several minutes later, Horcoff fed the puck to Ladislav Smid pinching in at the left point. Smid skated in and fired a shot on Turco. Penner took a stab at the rebound but couldn't backhand it by the Stars netminder.
Coming back the other way, Brenden Morrow looked to have an open net when he batted the puck out of the air to the left side of Roloson but it went just wide.
With five minutes to go in the period, Stoll made a great pass over to Patrick Thoresen across the slot but his shot was stopped by Turco who slid across and stacked the pads to make a save.
Edmonton's strong forechecking resulted in a power play late in the opening period - Chris Conner was sent off for interference.
On the ensuing power play, Tom Gilbert dropped the puck to Dustin Penner who dipsy doodled around the Dallas defender and wristed it short side to tie the game at 1-1.
Staios dropped the gloves with Ott with 12.4 seconds to go in the first. The bout was quick enough that each player only got two minutes for roughing.
Shots on goal after one were 11-7 for the Oilers.
The Oilers came flying out of the gates to start the second period, outshooting Dallas 7-2 in the opening nine minutes. Stephane Robidas accidentally cleared the puck over the glass and out of play, putting Edmonton on the power play in the first half of the middle frame.
On the power play, the Oilers had plenty of chances to take the lead. On their best chance, Turco stopped a Souray blast from the point and then managed to deny Hemsky on the rebound in-close.
Penner skated in alone on a breakaway and tried to go five-hole on Turco but was denied, keeping the game tied 1-1.
In the final minutes of the period, Dallas started to take control of the game and swarm around the Edmonton net. Roloson made some tough stops while peering through a Stars screen in front.
With 47 seconds left, the Oilers broke out of their own zone on a two-on-one with Horcoff and Penner. Horcoff's shot from the left circle was stopped by Turco and Penner's rebound just missed the mark.
Shots on goal after two periods were 21-18 for Edmonton.
Dallas almost took the lead four minutes into the third when a blind pass by Denis Grebeshkov went to Morrow at the right circle. He quickly fed it to Ribeiro at the other circle but the shot was gloved by Roloson.
Pitkanen had a chance to put Edmonton in front as momentum swayed the other way. He carried the puck into the zone and attempted a backhand but Turco stacked the pads and made the save.
Both teams traded power plays late in the third but neither team was able to convert on their respective man advantages.
Shots on goal after regulation were 32-29.
Dallas had a chance to win the game late in overtime as Brenden Morrow fed Mike Ribeiro in front of the net but he was hooked down by Staios.
A penalty was assessed to the Oilers defenceman, putting the Stars on the power play for the remainder of the game. Edmonton's penalty killers did a great job to kill off the penalty and send the game to a shootout.
NOTES: The game was an NHL record fourth consecutive shootout... The roughing minor late in the first period gave Steve Staios 1000 career penalty minutes... The game was Edmonton's fifth straight game going to overtime and 13th of the season.
Dustin Penner battles for the puck in the corner with Dallas defenceman Matt Niskanen.
- photo by Greg Skafte edmontonoilers.com