The Dallas Stars put together consecutive wins for the first time this season, defeating the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, in overtime Wednesday night at Rexall Place. Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winner 1:46 into overtime for the Stars, who have won three of their last four games and are now 5-5-1 on the season. Jamie Benn had one goal and one assist in the game, and Derek Roy scored his first goal as a Star. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 29 shots.
Jaromir Jagr, who scored the shootout winner against Phoenix last Friday, came up big beyond regulation again for the Stars. He picked off the rebound of a Jamie Benn shot in overtime, slipped around Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney and beat goaltender Devan Dubnyk with a shot from the right circle at the 1:46 of overtime. It was the 668th career goal for Jagr, moving him into a tie with Luc Robitaiile for tenth place on the all-time NHL list.
Benn stays hot
Stars center Jamie Benn continues to rack up the points. Benn had one goal and one assist in the game, giving him three goals and two assists over his last two games. Benn scored at 13:24 of the second off a shot from the slot to tie the game at 1-1. He picked up an assist on Jaromir Jagr’s game-winner in overtime.
Special teams watch
The Stars power play, which had been 0-13 over the last four game, was 1-3 Wednesday night. Derek Roy’s power play goal late in the second period gave the Stars a 2-1 lead. The Stars penalty kill was 3-4 against the highly ranked Edmonton power play. The Stars’ penalty kill is 32-26 (88.9%) on the road this season.
There was no scoring in the first period. The Stars outshot the Oilers 12-9. The Stars had the best scoring chance of the period and it came on Edmonton’s only power play of the period as Stars center Cody Eakin hit the post on a shorthanded rush.
The Stars opened the period with 1:35 of power play time, but couldn’t take advantage.
The Oilers got the Stars scrambling in their own zone a short time later and finally cashed in when Ales Hemsky knocked home the rebound of a Nail Yakupov shot off the post at 3:21 of the second.
There were some great scoring chances later in the period. Loui Eriksson hit a post off the rush, and seconds later Yakupov hit a post on the rush going the other way.
Just moments later the Stars drew even. Jaromir Jagr set up Jamie Benn, whose shot from the slot hit the skate of Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry and went past goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
The Stars went on their third power play of the night late in the second when Antoine Roussel drew a hooking penalty on Hemsky. They cashed in when Derek Roy scored from the right point to make it a 2-1 game with 1:16 left in the second.
The Oilers announced at the beginning of the period that they lost center Anton Lander for the game with a foot injury.
The Stars took back-to-back penalties five minutes into the third period and the Oilers cashed in on the second one when defenseman Justin Schultz scored on a blast from about 40 feet out at the 7:38 mark.
The Oilers had the better of the play for most of the period, and got another power play chance with just over six minutes remaining in the game, but couldn’t take advantage.
The Stars had a good chance late, but Dubnyk denied a close range bid by Loui Eriksson with 1:25 remaining in overtime.
Jaromir Jagr scored 1:46 into overtime to give the Stars the victory. Jagr grabbed the rebound of a Benn shot, got past Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney and beat Dubnyk with a shot from the right circle.
The Stars play the Anaheim Ducks Friday at American Airlines Center. The Ducks won their fourth straight game and improved to 7-1-1 on the season with a 3-0 victory at Colorado on Wednesday.
Injured: Whitney (foot)
Scratched: Goligoski, Garbutt, Wandell