Dallas Stars: Ales Hemsky

Stars down Oilers, 3-1

March, 28, 2012
Michael Ryder scored two goals and had one assist to lead the Dallas Stars to a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.

The victory moved the Stars into first place in the Pacific Division.

Ryder’s goals were his 34th and 35 of the season. Mike Ribeiro had one goal and two assists for the Stars and Loui Eriksson chipped in two assists. Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 of 32 shots.

Stars forward Reilly Smith made his NHL debut in the game. He played 4:05 and one shot on goal.

First period

The Stars had the first power play chance of the game, but the Oilers had the best scoring chance on a two-on-one. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen came up with a big save, stopping Nick Schultz’s close range bid.

The Stars took the lead on a goal by Michael Ryder, who split two Oilers defensemen off the rush and beat Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk with a backhand shot at the 11:53 mark.

Lehtonen came up with another big save later in the period, stopping a close range bid by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Stars forward Reilly Smith, who was making his NHL debut in the game, had a shot on his first shift. He played 2:37 in the period.

The Stars were 0-2 on the power play and the Oilers had no power play chances.

Dallas had a 13-12 shots advantage.

Second period

The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 when Mike Ribeiro finished off a give-and-go with Loui Eriksson on a two-on-one rush at 5:05 of the second.

The Oilers got their first power play of the night eight minutes into the second, but Kari Lehtonen came up with sharp saves on Jeff Petry and Ales Hemsky to keep Edmonton off the board.

The Oilers got a second power play later in the period, but weren’t able to generate any shots.

The Stars came close to making it a 3-0 game, but Michael Ryder’s breakaway bid late in the period was turned away by Devan Dubnyk.

Third period

The Stars opened the period with a power play, but the Oilers had the best scoring chance. Jordan Eberle had a breakaway, but his backhand shot was turned way to keep the Stars up 2-0 in the game.

Dallas made it 3-0 at the 4:11 mark when Loui Eriksson won a puck battle behind the Edmonton goal line, sent it to Ribeiro, who then set up Ryder, who scored his second of the night from close range.

The Oilers finally got on the board with 11:39 left in the game when Ales Hemsky scored off a rebound to make it a 3-1 game.

Stars lineup



Lehtonen (starter)

Injured: Dvorak (ankle), Nystrom (leg), Fistric (abdominal strain)
Scratched: Wandell, Petersen, Jordie Benn

Stars top Oilers 4-1

January, 7, 2012

The Dallas Stars made it a two wins in row with a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Saturday afternoon at American Airlines Center. Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro each scored two goals and Loui Eriksson chipped in three assists. Richard Bachman, who got the start in goal because Kari Lehtonen wasn’t feeling well, stopped 25 of 26 shots to improve to 6-2-0 on the season. The Stars were 2-2 on the penalty kill, improving to 10-10 over the last five games.

First period

Kari Lehtonen was expected to get the start in goal for the Stars, but he wasn’t feeling well and Richard Bachman got the call.

Bachman, making his first start since December 26, came up big a little more than seven minutes into the game when he made a nice stop on Ales Hemsky’s backhand bid.

Seconds later Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin made a slick save on a Brenden Morrow’s bid from the right circle.

The Stars got the first power play of the game and created some quality chances, including one that went off the post, but couldn’t cash in.

Just after the power play expired, Bachman stopped Shawn Horcoff on an odd-man rush and then made another couple of sharp stops and the Oilers had their best offensive pressure of the period.

The Oilers finally broke through with the game’s first goal with 2:40 left in the period. Taylor’s shot from the left wing off the rush rebounded off Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski and went up and over Bachman and into the net.

Bachman kept it a 1-0 game when he stopped Josh Green with 1:04 remaining following a Stars turnover in their own end.

Second period

The Stars lost Mike Ribeiro for about ten minutes at the 6:10 mark of the period when he hobbled off the ice after a knee-on-knee collision with Oilers defenseman Theo Peckham at the Edmonton blue line.

Moments later Steve Ott took a minor for a hit to head on Anton Lander, which then prompted a fight between Ott and Oilers forward Josh Green. The Stars were able to kill off the penalty and then went on their second power play of the game midway through the period. They weren’t able to take advantage and the Oilers held onto their 1-0 lead.

The Stars tied the game with 5:21 left in the period when Trevor Daley centered a pass from behind the net to Jamie Benn, who beat Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin from the top of the crease.

Ribeiro returned with a little more than two minutes left in the period.

Bachman came up with a nice stop on Jeff Petry’s point blank shot off the rush with 1:31 to keep it a 1-1 game.

Third period

The Stars went on the penalty kill early in the third after getting called for too many men on the ice, but they were able kill off the Oilers power play to keep it a tie game.

The Stars took a 2-1 lead with 12:57 left in the game. Tom Wandell put a shot on net from a sharp angle, Khabibulin stopped a rebound attempt by Adam Burish and Jamie Benn came in, knocked Ladislav Smid off the puck and roofed a shot over the Oilers goaltender.

The Stars made it a 3-1 game with 6:21 remaining. After a nice defensive play by Loui Eriksson in the Dallas zone, Eriksson headed up ice and set up Ribeiro, whose backhand wrap-around attempt bounced off traffic and past Khabibulin.

Ribeiro sealed the deal with a late empty net goal to make it a 4-1 final.

Stars lineup



Bachman (starter)

Scratched: Petersen, Jordie Benn
Injured: Souray (ankle), Larsen (concussion-like symptoms), Vincour (knee)