Zack Stortini celebrates his first period goal (photo: Andy Devlin)
Five minutes into the game, Edmonton's line of Geoff Sanderson, Kyle Brodziak and Zack Stortini showed some jump. Sanderson came within inches of scoring after using his speed to get off a low wrist shot on Dallas netminder Marty Turco.
Moments later, the trio crashed the net with Brodziak getting a shot and then Stortini picked up the rebound in the slot and slipped it past Turco for his second goal of the season, making it a 1-0 game.
Nine minutes into the period, Sanderson broke in on a two-on-one with Fernando Pisani. Sanderson's initial shot was stopped by Turco and with the Stars goaltender down and out, Pisani's rebound got under Turco's pads but didn't make it across the line.
Edmonton was completely dominating the game at the midway point and outshooting the Stars 9-1 but Jarret Stoll received a holding penalty, giving Dallas the game's first power play.
On the ensuing man advantage, Edmonton's top-ranked home penalty kill unit did its job, limiting Dallas to just one shot over the two minutes.
The Oilers continued to pour on the pressure, upping their lead in shots to 14-2 at the 15 minute mark of the game.
Dallas had a brief burst of offence, getting off three shots in succession on Roloson but the Oilers goaltender turned each one away.
Things got heated between the two teams near the end of the period. Ladislav Smid and Steve Ott mixed it up, each getting a roughing minor.
Shots after one period were 17-5 for Edmonton.
Edmonton almost scored early in the period on a two-on-one chance. Ethan Moreau redirected a pass on goal and Turco came across to make the save.
Dallas tied the game with 12:44 left in the second. Brenden Morrow teed up a one timer from the left circle that beat Roloson glove side to make it 1-1.
Nine minutes into the period, Steve Staios received two minutes for interference followed 37 seconds later by a Kyle Brodziak high sticking minor. The pair of penalties gave Dallas an extended two-man advantage.
With time ticking down on the five-on-three, Stoll's stick broke. The Stars were finally able to solve Edmonton's penalty kill moments after Staios got out of the penalty box. Ribeiro fed the puck across the slot to Stephane Robidas who one-timed it past Roloson to give Dallas a 2-1 lead.
Edmonton almost tied the game 15 minutes into the middle frame. They came close on several occasions and had Turco scrambling to get back in position. Turco did come up with a great glove save on a Grebeshkov shot from the high slot, however.
Shots after two periods were 28-14 for Edmonton.
With time winding down on a penalty to Mike Modano, Hemsky found Penner in front of the Stars net. Penner chopped at the puck and forced Turco to make a nice stop.
Just as the penalty expired, Ales Hemsky was sent off for slashing to put Dallas on the power play.
While the Oilers were able to kill that one off, they were unable to kill off a hooking penalty to Marty Reasoner just past the midway point of the period.
From the right circle, Jussi Jokinen one-timed a pass from Antti Miettinen. His shot beat Roloson to move Dallas in front 3-1.
Edmonton elected to pull their goaltender with just over two minutes to play but the team turned the puck over in the neutral zone, giving Dallas an empty net scoring opportunity.
Steve Ott made no mistake, firing the puck into the open cage after crossing the Edmonton blueline.
NOTES: Tonight's game was the 100th consecutive sellout for the Oilers at Rexall Place.
Fernando Pisani crashes the Dallas crease in the first period.
- photo by Greg Skafte edmontonoilers.com