The Dallas Stars kicked off their three-game road trip through Western Canada with a gritty 4-1 win at the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night. The victory was the Stars’ fourth consecutive win.
Kari Lehtonen was the Stars’ best player making 35 saves, including several key saves on the penalty kill and a goal line glove save on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The Stars’ fourth line of Eric Nystrom, Vernon Fiddler and Ryan Garbutt stood out scoring two of the team’s goals and adding two assists, five shots, five hits and two takeaways.
Edmonton scored first when Taylor Hall blazed into the Stars’ zone taking the puck out wide to his left. He threw the puck at the net and Lehtonen misplayed it as it snuck by his glove and into the net 12:59 into the first period.
The Stars tied the game less than five minutes into the second period when Brenden Dillon threw the puck at the net from the left point. It deflected off of a defender’s leg, bounced off the glass and hit Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk’s back before falling into the net.
Less than a minute into the third period, Fiddler and Nystrom won a puck battle along the boards in the Edmonton zone. Nystrom took the puck toward the blue line, turned and shot the puck at the net. Dubnyk was unable to see the puck through a mass of bodies in front as it hit his chest and went into the net.
With 4:35 left in regulation, the Stars entered the Oilers’ zone with numbers and speed. Trevor Daley took a shot that was blocked out in front of the net. Jagr collected the puck, turned to face the net and snapped it past Dubnyk.
On the final goal, Fiddler and Stepane Robidas were involved in a puck battle along the boards in their defensive zone. Fiddler stole the puck and passed it off the boards out of the zone. Garbutt sped to the puck and took it in stride to the net. He took two slashes at his legs but managed to get a shot in tight past Dubnyk’s blocker.
The Stars’ continue their road trip Wednesday night at the Calgary Flames before heading to Vancouver to face the Canucks on Friday.