The Dallas Stars made it four straight wins, defeating the Edmonton Oilers, 4-1, Tuesday night at Rexall Place. Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves for the Stars, who have won three straight on the road and are 5-1-0 over their last six games. Brenden Dillon, Eric Nystrom, Jaromir Jagr and Ryan Garbutt scored goals for the Stars, who improved to 7-5-1 on the season.
Kari Lehtonen would probably want to have the one goal he allowed in the game back, but other than that he was rock solid. He came up huge in the second period, when the Oilers outshot the Stars 16-9 but the Stars outscored Edmonton 1-0. He had great stops on Jeff Petry, Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle in the period. Lehtonen has won his last five starts with a 1.77 goals against average and .940 save percentage.
Stars’ PK comes up big
The Stars penalty kill came up big in the game, going 5-5 against the potent Edmonton power play. Lehtonen was a big part of the PK, stopping 10 Edmonton power play shots. The Stars’ penalty kill is 42-46 (91.3%) on the road this season.
Stars get some puck luck
You need some puck luck to win games, and the Stars got a couple of favorable bounces Tuesday night. Brenden Dillon tied the game in the second period when his point shot bounced off an Edmonton defender, hit the end boards, bounced off the back of goalie Devan Dubnyk and into the net. Eric Nystrom’s game winner early in the third bounced off the glove of Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and past Dubnyk.
The Stars have relied on their top guns for a lot of their scoring this season, but not on this night. Tonight it was the depth guys that did the scoring. The fourth line chipped in two goals. Nystrom and Ryan Garbutt both scored. Vernon Fiddler chipped in two assists. Dillon’s goal gave the Stars a tally from the blue line.
The Stars had a good chance to take a lead early in the game, but Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk denied a Cody Eakin breakaway bid less than two minutes into the game.
The Oilers scored the only goal of the period at the 12:59 mark. Taylor Hall skated into the Dallas zone and handcuffed Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen with a shot from the left circle.
The Stars’ penalty kill came up big, stopping the Oilers potent power play twice in the period. The Stars were 0-1 on the power play in the period.
The Oilers had some good pressure early in the second, but the Stars tied it 4:23 into the period on a goal that involved several bounces. A Brenden Dillon point shot bounced off an Oilers defender, hit the endboards, bounced off the back of Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk and into the net.
Lehtonen came up with some big saves to keep the game tied as the period moved along. He stopped Jeff Petry with the teams playing at even strength. Late in the period, with the Oilers on their third power play of the game, he made a great stop on a point blank bid by Sam Gagner. He had another save on Jordan Eberle late in the period. Lehtonen ended up stopping 16 of 16 shots in the period.
The Stars took the lead 44 seconds into the third period when an Eric Nystrom shot from beyond the right circle deflected off the glove of Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and past Dubnyk.
The Stars had a chance to extend the lead with just under seven minutes remaining on his second breakaway, but Dubnyk came up with the stop.
The Oilers went on their fourth power play of the game with 6:25 left. Lehtonen had a stop on Nugent-Hopkins early in the power plan and then a tripping call on Gagner 1:08 into it had the two teams playing four-on-four.
The Stars scored on the four-on-four when Jamie Benn broke up an Oilers’ rush, put the Stars on the rush and Jaromir Jagr ended up scoring from the slot on a broken play with 4:35 left to make it a 3-1 game.
Ryan Garbutt scored with 2:43 left to make it a 4-1 game.
Injured: Whitney (foot)
Scratched: Oleksiak, Roussel, Wandell