|DAL||1||2||1||0||0 (0 - 3)||4|
|EDM||1||2||1||0||1 (1 - 3)||5|
by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com
Four powerplay goals, one shorthanded marker, and two fights highlighted the first 60 minutes of Tuesday's game at Rexall Place, but Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin saved the biggest story for after regulation. With help from his right post, the goalie posted a perfect performance in the shootout vs. the Dallas Stars to secure the first Oilers win of the season and the 300th of his career.
Two minutes into Game 2, Stars defenceman Jeff Woywitka took a high-sticking penalty and the home team went on the powerplay. Near the tail end of the man-advantage, Mike Comrie received a feed from Andrew Cogliano and out-played goaltender Marty Turco to give the Oilers an early 1-0 lead.
But just over two minutes later, Dallas captain Brenden Morrow capitalized on a scrambling situation by directing the puck off J.F. Jacques' skate to tie the game at one. A fight involving dominant Sheldon Souray and Krystofer Barch got fans on their feet shortly after the goal, and after flipping Barch onto the ice and landing a pair of jabs, Souray joined his foe in the penalty boxes for five minutes.
The Oilers and Stars traded penalties in the latter half of the period, and although the visitors climbed to a 10-6 shot lead on their two advantages, goalie Nikolai Khabibulin kept the puck out of the Oilers net to maintain the tie game after 20 minutes.
630 CHED's Dan Tencer interviews Andrew Cogliano after the first period
Following Souray's lead in the first period, Ryan Stone dropped his gloves with Steve Ott as the second period got underway. The lengthy grapple swept across the ice and up against the boards near the Oilers bench, and concluded when Stone jerseyed the Stars winger.
At 4:44, Loui Eriksson earned a hooking minor and the Oilers earned their third powerplay of the game. But despite owning the man-advantage, Edmonton surrendered the spotlight to James Neal, who beat Khabibulin shorthanded for a 2-1 Dallas lead.
Near the game's midway point, Shawn Horcoff was called for tripping and the Stars benefited from their third powerplay. 1:24 into the infraction, Stephane Robidas mimicked Gagner's slapper and fired home his own from the blueline to renew Dallas' lead.
But the back-and-forth game continued to sway, this time thanks to towering Dustin Penner. After snagging the puck in the corner and snaking up on Turco, Penner went top shelf to tie it back up. The goal set the score 3-3, with the Stars up 23 shots to 16, after 40 minutes.
An end-of-period hooking penalty to Steve Staios gave the Stars another powerplay to start the third, and for the second time in five opportunities, they capitalized. Mike Ribeiro faked a shot and passed to Morrow at the corner of the net, and Dallas' Captain completed the play by going five-hole with the puck for a 4-3 lead.
The powerplay tables turned following the goal, and though the Oilers couldn't match with a PP marker of their own, Grebeshkov got the job done six seconds into five-on-five. From mid-slot, the defenceman wristed the puck on net. Turco made a pad save, but to his dismay, the puck bounced into the air, over his head, and into the net to tie the game for the fourth time.
The Stars cracked 30 shots while the Oilers stayed in the low 20's in the final 10 minutes of regulation, but both goalies closed their gates to force overtime.
The Oilers and Stars managed one and two shots respectively in sudden death, but thanks in part to a late blocked shot by Ales Hemsky, the game-winning goal remained elusive and the game progressed to a shootout.
Turco and Khabibulin were hot in the shootout until Hemsky took the puck for Edmonton and tucked it inside Turco's left post. Dallas' Neal was then tasked with salvaging the win, but Khabibulin's right post made the stop to secure a 5-4 shootout win for the Oilers -- their first of the season and Khabibulin's 300th of his career.
|PPG - Mike Comrie (1) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (1), Ladislav Smid (1)|
1 - 0 EDM
|Brenden Morrow (1) ASST: Trevor Daley (1), Jamie Benn (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|SHG - James Neal (3) ASST: Marty Turco (1)|
2 - 1 DAL
|PPG - Sam Gagner (2) ASST: Denis Grebeshkov (1), Andrew Cogliano (2)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Stephane Robidas (1) ASST: Brad Richards (2), Brenden Morrow (1)|
3 - 2 DAL
|Dustin Penner (2) ASST: Robert Nilsson (1)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Brenden Morrow (2) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (1), Matt Niskanen (1)|
4 - 3 DAL
|Denis Grebeshkov (1) ASST: Ales Hemsky (1), Tom Gilbert (1)|
4 - 4 Tie
|1||S. Gagner||B. Richards|
|2||P. O'Sullivan||M. Ribeiro|
|3||A. Hemsky||J. Neal|
|Jeff Woywitka Hi-sticking against Patrick O'Sullivan|
|Krys Barch Fighting (maj) against Sheldon Souray|
|Sheldon Souray Fighting (maj) against Krys Barch|
|Mike Ribeiro Holding against Mike Comrie|
|Gilbert Brule Holding against Mike Ribeiro|
|Denis Grebeshkov Cross checking against Tom Wandell|
|Ryan Stone Fighting (maj) against Steve Ott|
|Steve Ott Fighting (maj) against Ryan Stone|
|Loui Eriksson Hooking against Ales Hemsky|
|Shawn Horcoff Tripping against Karlis Skrastins|
|Jean-Francois Jacques Hooking against Loui Eriksson|
|Zack Stortini Roughing against Brian Sutherby|
|Brian Sutherby Roughing against Zack Stortini|
|Steve Staios Hooking against Brad Richards|
|Krys Barch Holding against Denis Grebeshkov|
|Mike Comrie Hooking against Steve Ott|
|SA: 24||TOI: 64:39|
|Saves: 20||EV: 17 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 5|
|SV%: .833||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 34||TOI: 64:36|
|Saves: 30||EV: 19 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 11 - 13|
|SV%: .882||SH: 0 - 1|