|DAL||0||1||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|EDM||1||2||1||(0 - 0)||4|
An early goal by Jordan Eberle set the tone for a fast-paced game in which the Oilers excelled. The team displayed power-play potency, strong goaltending, and a dominant performance from captain Shawn Horcoff enroute to a 4-1 win over the Stars.
Under the Scope
The Oilers and Stars battled back and forth through the first half of the first, highlighted by a big pad save from Nikolai Khabibulin on Brendan Morrow and an Ales Hemsky breakaway that was stopped by Kari Lehtonen.
Edmonton had assumed an 8-6 edge in shots when Eberle drew a hooking minor from Dallas' Trevor Daley for the game's first man-advantage. Although the Oilers couldn't beat Lehtonen with their lone power-play attempt, Eberle got it done four seconds into five-on-five.
From beside the net, Sam Gagner dodged a sliding defender and hit Eberle with a backhand centering pass. The rookie promptly snapped it into the net for the opening goal.
The Oilers carried their 1-0 lead and 11-7 shot advantage into the second period.
The Stars were sparkling in the early part of the middle frame, quickly overtaking the Oilers in shots. But at 7:18, Mark Fistric stopped the surge by taking a hooking minor, and only 22 seconds later, Taylor Chorney capitalized by slapping home his first career NHL goal. The power-play marker gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead.
Edmonton benefited from a third consecutive man-advantage at the midway point of the game but was unable to increase its lead.
With 4:10 left on the clock, the power-play tables turned as Horcoff was assessed two minutes for tripping. 41 seconds into the five-on-four, Loui Eriksson slipped in and beat Khabibulin five-hole to get the Stars on the board and within one.
But the Oilers soon got that one back. At the tail end of Tom Wandell's tripping minor, the puck passed perfectly from Hemsky to Horcoff to the back of the net, resulting in the game's third power-play goal and a 3-1 home lead heading into the final frame.
Edmonton wasted no time getting back in the scoring groove. 28 seconds after third-period puck drop, Horcoff set up Hemsky for a partial breakaway that concluded with a pretty backhander. The play gave Horcoff his third point of the night and the Oilers a 4-1 lead.
The Stars pressed to get back within striking distance, but the extra aggression resulted in only penalties. The Oilers finished the game up one man and three goals, securing them two points Tuesday night.
|Jordan Eberle (12) ASST: Sam Gagner (22), Jim Vandermeer (8)|
1 - 0 EDM
|PPG - Taylor Chorney (1) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (12), Tom Gilbert (11)|
2 - 0 EDM
|PPG - Loui Eriksson (19) ASST: Jason Williams (1), Kari Lehtonen (5)|
2 - 1 EDM
|PPG - Shawn Horcoff (8) ASST: Ales Hemsky (25), Taylor Chorney (3)|
3 - 1 EDM
|Ales Hemsky (10) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (13), Tom Gilbert (12)|
4 - 1 EDM
|Trevor Daley Hooking against Jordan Eberle|
|Mark Fistric Hooking against Taylor Hall|
|Aaron Gagnon Too many men on the ice|
|Shawn Horcoff Tripping against Mike Ribeiro|
|Tom Wandell Tripping against Taylor Hall|
|Jean-Francois Jacques Interference against Toby Petersen|
|Jordan Eberle Holding against Matt Niskanen|
|Mark Fistric Cross checking against Taylor Hall|
|James Neal Slashing against Linus Omark|
|SA: 30||TOI: 59:44|
|Saves: 26||EV: 21 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 7|
|SV%: .867||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 25||TOI: 59:55|
|Saves: 24||EV: 19 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .960||SH: 1 - 1|