Oilers nicked by Stars 3-2
|Edmonton's Taylor Hall and Dallas' Jamie Langenbrunner battle for the puck Tuesday, Jan. 11 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Despite outshooting their opponents 41-20 and posting two quick third-period goals to erase a two-goal deficit, the Oilers couldn't keep the Stars from jumping back ahead, resulting in a 3-2 loss. Jean-Francois Jacques
scored Edmonton's first goal, followed shortly thereafter by Ryan Jones
, who led the game with six shots on net.
Under the Scope
The game started slowly, with Edmonton and Dallas totalling only three shots in the opening five minutes. At that time, Steve MacIntyre
was called for interference but the Oilers dominated on the penalty kill, testing Kari Lehtonen with two shots while preventing the Stars from getting the puck on Nikolai Khabibulin
The Oilers continued to lead the Stars in shots as the period progressed, including a breakaway attempt by Jones that Lehtonen expertly blocked at 6:43. Less than a minute later, the home team responded and found success.
From behind the net, Mike Ribeiro spotted Brenden Morrow in the slot and hit him with a bang-on pass. The Stars captain snapped the puck past Khabibulin to make it 1-0 for Dallas heading into the middle frame.
With Edmonton owning a 13-6 shot lead, Nicklas Grossman took an interference minor. The Oilers power-play suffered the same fate as the Stars' initial man-advantage, however, and the club was kept off the clock.
Two minutes later, the situation seemed rectified when Kurtis Foster
's point shot was deflected into the net. But much to the visitors' dismay, officials quickly waved off the goal, citing goaltending interference from Linus Omark
At the game's midway mark, Jacques initiated a shoving match with Steve Ott, resulting in a roughing minor. More strong penalty killing and two stops from Khabibulin diffused the man-advantage.
Although the Stars couldn't capitalize on the power-play, they got their goal a few minutes later. With help from Adam Burish and Ott, Jamie Benn finished a pretty play with a quick shot that sailed past Khabibulin and doubled Dallas' lead.
With 3:05 left on the clock, Jamie Langenbrunner hit Omark, prompting retaliation from Kurtis Foster
. The resulting scrap sent both players to their respective dressing rooms to serve fighting majors.
Less than a minute later, the Stars got the puck in the net again, but like the Oilers experienced earlier in the period, goaltender interference erased the goal from the game sheet.
As a result, Edmonton trailed 2-0 but led 23 shots to 16 heading into the final frame.
Although the Oilers couldn't score on an early interference minor to Ott, the visitors finally found a way to beat Lehtonen six minutes in. After Ladislav Smid
's point shot was turned away, Jacques pounced on the rebound and flipped it over the goalie to get the Oil on the board and back within one.
Less than two minutes later, Jones evened it up. Perfectly positioned in the slot, the speedy winger re-lit Lehtonen's lamp to tie the game at two with 12 minutes remaining in regulation.
The Stars soon got that one back, however: firing from the right side, Burish appeared to hit the post, but video review proved that the puck in fact hit the back of the net and sailed out the other side, setting the score 3-2 for Dallas.
Edmonton topped 41 shots in the game's dying minutes, eclipsing the club's previous season high of 36. By comparison, Dallas sat at 20.
With 1:37 remaining in regulation, the Oilers pulled Khabibulin in favour of six skaters. The strategy failed to pay off in a goal, however, and the Stars skated off with a 3-2 win.
|Three star selections