Dallas Stars: Sam Gagner



It wasn’t pretty, but it was two big points for the Dallas Stars. The Stars scored three goals on just 15 shots and got a solid performance from goaltender Kari Lehtonen to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Friday night and pull to within two of the Pacific Division lead.

“It was an important game for us to come out and establish ourselves on this road trip,” said Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray. “We’re in a dog fight. It sounds like a broken record, but we’re looking at the standings every night and we’re trying to take care of our own business. It was a good start to this road trip. We didn’t paint a Picasso, but we were strong when he had to be and we got the two points. Our goalie was good. We needed this win.”

The Stars’ pushed their points streak to six games (5-0-1) and improved to 6-1-2 over their last nine games. They remain in eighth place in the Western Conference standings, but tied seventh-seeded San Jose in points (Sharks have played two fewer games) and increased their lead over Los Angeles, currently in ninth, to three points.

“Naturally, you kind of look at the standings before the game and you realized if we win this game we are starting to catch teams and put ourselves in a playoff spot,” said Stars forward Adam Burish. “The goal is to keep getting points because it is so darn tight.”

Friday’s game was tight as well. There was no scoring in a first period that the Stars manage just four shots on goal.

The Stars scored twice in a 4:10 span of the second period to take a 2-0 lead. Vernon Fiddler backhanded a puck on net, where Eric Nystrom and Radek Dvorak had set up shop and Dvorak knocked the puck past Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin at the 8:35 mark.

The Stars made it a 2-0 game when Philip Larsen shot rebounded to the front of the net off the endboards, Khabibulin was knocked out of position by his own defenseman and Tomas Vincour put the puck into an open net at the 12:55 mark.

"We made two poor net plays and that was the difference in the game,” said Oilers coach Tom Renney.

The Stars gave the Oilers little in the third period, limiting them to just four shots on goal.

“We played really tight the whole third period,” said Lehtonen, who stopped 19 of 20 shots. “They didn’t get to start any kind of comeback.”

The Oilers pulled Khabibulin for an extra attacker, but Michael Ryder scored into an empty net with 1:28 remaining to give the Stars a 3-0 lead.

The Oilers spoiled Lehtonen’s bid for a shutout with 29.4 seconds left when Sam Gagner scored off a one-timer from the left circle to make it a 3-1 final.

The shutout was lost, the Stars still gained two big points.

“Not our best outing, but we’ve got to take points right now and not worry about how we’re getting there,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We’ve got to get points.”

Notes

*The Stars improved to 4-1-2 in their last seven road games.

*The Stars did not take any penalties in the game. It’s the second time this season they haven’t been penalized in a game. The January 3 game against Detroit was the other.

*The Stars were 0-2 on the power play.

*Adam Pardy and Toby Petersen were healthy scratches for the Stars.

Stars beat Oilers, 3-1

March, 2, 2012
3/02/12
9:21
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The Dallas Stars pulled to within two points of the Pacific Division lead with a 3-1 win at Edmonton on Friday night. The victory pushed the Stars’ point streak to six games (5-0-1) and gave them a 6-1-2 mark over their last nine games. Radek Dvorak, Tomas Vincour and Michael Ryder scored for the Stars, who had only 15 shots on goal in the game. Kari Lehtonen stopped 19 of 20 shots.

First period

The Oilers outshot the Stars 7-4 in the first period. The Stars had the only power play, but weren’t able to generate much.

Oilers fans booed Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray every time he touched the puck. This was Souray’s first game back in Edmonton since his departure from the Oilers after last season.

Second period

There were two goals scored in the second and Dallas tallied both. Radek Dvorak scored at the 8:35 mark to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Vernon Fiddler backhanded the puck on net and Dvorak won the battle for the puck in front of Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and put it over the goal line.

The Stars struck again at the 12:55 mark. After a puck rebounded off the end boards, Khabibulin was knocked out of position by one of his teammates, and Tomas Vincour put the puck into a wide open net to make it a 2-0 game.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was sharp in the second period, stopping all nine shots he faced.

The Oilers outshot the Stars 9-6 in the second and had a 16-10 advantage through the first 40 minutes.

Third period

The Stars kept the Oilers chances limited in the third period and Michael Ryder scored into an empty net to make it a 3-0 game with 1:28 remaining.

The Oilers spoiled Lehtonen’s bid for a shutout when Sam Gagner scored off a one-timer with 29.4 seconds left to make it a 3-1 final.

Stars lineup

Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder
Ott-Benn-Burish
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Garbutt-Wandell-Vincour

Souray-Robidas
Fistric-Daley
Goligoski-Larsen

Lehtonen (starter)
Bachman

Scratched: Pardy, Petersen
Injured: Dowell (finger), Morrow (neck/back)

Stars fall 4-1 to Oilers

February, 15, 2011
2/15/11
8:45
PM CT
The Dallas Stars didn’t get off to a stellar start on their road trip to Western Canada. The Stars lost 4-1 to the Edmonton Oilers. It was the sixth loss in the last seven games for the Stars (1-5-1) and their eighth in the last ten (2-7-1). It was also their fifth straight loss on the road. Loui Eriksson scored the lone goal for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves. Dallas played without five regular players, including leading scorer Brad Richards. The Oilers snapped a seven-game winless streak at home and scored two power play goals, ending a seven-game power play drought.

Quotable

“With the exception of our goalie tonight, there wasn’t a whole lot of desperation. They were the hungrier team. They won more races to pucks. They created some power plays with their good speed.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow.

“It’s very frustrating. I don’t think we played at the level we can. It’s easy to say we have lots of guys hurt, but we are a better team than we’ve shown the last couple weeks.” – Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen

Notes

*The Stars have been outscored 27-10 during their five-game road losing streak.

*The Stars scored one goal in a game for the fifth time in their last nine games overall.

*The Stars have not scored an even strength in the last two games.

*The Stars allowed two or more power play goals in a game for the fourth time in the last nine games.

*The Stars are 25-37 (67.6%) on the penalty kill over the last ten games.

*Kari Lehtonen picked up his fifth assist of the season, tying Ed Belfour and Marty Turco for the franchise record for most assists by a goaltender in a season.

First period

Jordan Eberle scored the lone goal of the period, tallying just after an Edmonton power play had expired. Sam Gagner made a slick move along the Dallas goal line and then backhanded the puck to Eberle, who put the puck past Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen with 1:58 left in the period.

The Star had some good chances in the period but Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin was sharp, making excellent saves on Loui Eriksson, Brenden Morrow and Tomas Vincour.

Second period

The Oilers extended their lead to 2-0 with a power play goal at the 7:40 mark of the second period. Shawn Horcoff sent a cross-ice to pass to Taylor Chorney, who scored off a one-timer from the right circle.

The Stars cut the lead to 2-1 by cashing in on their first power play chance late in the period. Jason Williams, playing the point on the power play with Brad Richards out of the lineup, set up Loui Eriksson on a breakaway and Eriksson beat Nikolai Khabibulin with a backhand shot with 3:29 left in the period.

Just ten seconds later the Oilers went on a power play and they scored to get their two-goal lead back. Ales Hemsky set up a backdoor goal by Horcoff with just 1:50 left in the period to make it 3-1 Oilers heading into the second intermission.

Third period

The Oilers made a it a 4-1 game just 28 seconds into the third period. Horcoff sent a pass to Hemsky, who split the Dallas defense and then slipped the puck past Lehtonen with a backhand shot.

The Stars had two power play chances In the period, but couldn’t cut into the Edmonton lead.

Stars lineup

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson
Wandell-Ott-Vincour
Neal-Williams-Vincour
Sutherby-Gagnon-Petersen
Morrow-Ribeiro-Williams
Neal-Wandell-Eriksson
Vincour-Ott-Langenbrunner

Fistric-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Niskanen

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: Ludwig

Injured: Richards (upper body), Grossman (hip), Burish (orbital bone), Barch (orbital bone), Benn (shoulder), Sawada (shoulder)

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Williams-Robidas/Daley
Neal-Ott-Langenbrunner-Niskanen-Robidas/Woywitka

Penalty kill units

Ribeiro-Morrow-Skrastins-Robidas
Wandell-Eriksson-Fistric-Woywitka
Ott-Langenbrunner-Skrastins-Robidas
Petersen-Eriksson-Fistric-Daley

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