Stars top Oilers 4-1
January, 7, 2012
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scratched: Petersen, Jordie Benn
Injured: Souray (ankle), Larsen (concussion-like symptoms), Vincour (knee)