Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Well-Oiled Victory. Dallas Stars Game 11: 3-2 OT Win at the Edmonton Oilers.

The Canadian Press

The Dallas Stars began a different kind of streak than they've been used to recently.

Jaromir Jagr scored 1:46 into overtime to give the Stars a 3-2 victory at the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night. The goal was Jagr’s 668th career goal and 17th career overtime winner.

After losing three in a row and five of their last six, the Stars have now won two games in a row and three of their last four. Edmonton was the last stop of a three-game road trip, and the Stars managed to earn four out of the possible six points.

The Stars were outshot 29-28, but they won more faceoffs, landed more hits and forced more turnovers in the victory. Jamie Benn and Derek Roy were the other scorers for the Stars while Ales Hemsky and Justin Schultz scored the goals for Edmonton.

Hemsky opened the scoring 3:21 into the second period when Nail Yakupov’s shot bounced off the right post and along the red line where Hemsky was standing. He threw the puck at the net from a bad angle, but it found its way into the net threw a sprawling Stephane Robidas and Kari Lehtonen.

The Stars scored the next two goals. Benn tied the game on a slick pass from Jagr that gave him an opener one timer in between the circles. Over five minutes later, Derek Roy scored his first goal of the season on a blasted one-timer from the point on a power play.

The Stars took three penalties in the third period, which gave the Oilers momentum. They converted a power play goal 7:38 into the period on a slap shot from the point by Schultz.

In overtime, Benn skated into the Edmonton zoned and ripped a long-distance wrist-shot on net. Devan Dubnyk blocked the puck to his left. Jagr collected the puck and made a move to the inside that lost defenseman Ryan Whitney. Jagr tucked the puck in a narrow margin at the nearside post and sent the Oilers fans home with a shushing finger to his pursed lips.

The Stars’ next game is Friday night when they host the Anaheim Ducks. 

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