NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Edmonton
(Friday, October 14th)
Final Score: Dallas 3, Edmonton 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Steve Ott scored with 8:15 left in the third period to snap a tie game, as Dallas defeated Edmonton, 3-2, at Rexall Place.
Bill Guerin contributed a goal and an assist while Jussi Jokinen also lit the lamp for the Stars, who have won three straight games and improved to 4-1-0 this season.
Johan Hedberg was splendid in his Dallas debut as he stopped 34-of-36 shots. Hedberg signed with the Stars as a free agent in the offseason after playing his first three years with Pittsburgh and Vancouver.
Jason Smith and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored for the Oilers, who have dropped two straight since opening the year with three consecutive wins.
Jussi Markkanen replaced an ineffective Ty Conklin early in the second period and made 17 saves in the loss.
With the game tied at 2-2, Dallas took the lead on Ott's goal. Stu Barnes wristed a shot from the left circle and as the puck headed towards the net, Ott got his stick on it and deflected the puck between Markkanen's legs for the go-ahead score.
Edmonton had several chances in the final 5 1/2 minutes, which included a pair of power-play opportunities, but could not beat Hedberg. The Oilers were on the man advantage in the final 15 seconds and had a golden chance to tie the game, but Jarret Stoll's slap shot was saved by Hedberg to preserve the win.
"I tried to keep my poise," said Hedberg. "You want to go out and make an impression and play well, so I think as the game went on I felt more and more comfortable in there."
Dallas took a 1-0 lead courtesy of Jokinen's power-play goal 5:22 into the game. Jokinen skated in along the right side and dumped a pass to an onrushing Guerin, who wristed a shot from the right circle that was saved by Conklin. However, the netminder left a rebound and Jokinen finished off the play by attacking the net and depositing the loose puck into the goal.
The Stars made it a two-goal game just 16 seconds into the second period as Brenden Morrow flipped a harmless backhand on Conklin that skipped off his pads. Guerin then easily tapped the puck into the empty side of the net for his second goal of the season.
Conklin was then pulled in favor of Markkanen after the starter stopped only five shots.
Ales Hemsky had a chance to get the Oilers on the board moments later as he weaved in and out of defenders, but Hedberg made a sliding pad save.
Edmonton, though, did crack the scoreboard with 3:17 left in the middle stanza. Radek Dvorak skated deep into the zone and lifted a backhand on goal. Hedberg made the initial save, but the puck trickled under his pads and squirted out to his right. Smith then skated in untouched and banged home the puck into the upper left corner to make it 2-1.
The Oilers tied the game at 2-2 as Bergeron took a feed from Stoll and one- timed a slap shot from the left point past Hedberg just 2:35 into the third period.
Dallas went 1-for-2 with the man advantage, while the Oilers failed to convert in five tries with the extra skater...Edmonton lost for the first time in three home games this year (2-1)...Dallas is 17-5-3 in the last 25 meetings between the teams.
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