EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers are used to losing
to the Dallas Stars in the playoffs. Now they're getting all too
familiar with regular-season overtime defeats, too.
Bill Guerin scored 3:11 into overtime to lift Dallas to a
come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Edmonton that clinched
a playoff spot for the Stars.
It was Guerin's second overtime goal against the Oilers in as
"It was big," Guerin said. "It gives guys confidence in
themselves and each other."
Guerin converted Valeri Bure's centering pass for his 33rd goal,
scoring from point-blank range after Brenden Morrow scored with 54
seconds left in regulation.
When the teams last met, on Feb. 29 in Dallas, the Oilers led
4-1 with 25 minutes remaining, only to watch the Stars score four
times -- including Guerin's overtime winner.
Add that to Edmonton's playoff futility against Dallas -- losing
five of the six series they've played since 1997 -- and the Oilers
are left wondering what they have to do to beat the Stars.
"We're all tired of this scenario," Edmonton coach Craig
MacTavish said. "It's played itself out seemingly endlessly
whenever we've played these guys."
With 6:59 left in regulation, Fernando Pisani gave the Oilers a 3-2 lead with his second of
Eric Brewer also scored for the Oilers, who haven't lost in
regulation time in 14 games (8-0-2-4). Edmonton has sole possession
of seventh place in the Western Conference with 83 points, five
behind Calgary and one ahead of Nashville.
"I don't know what it is," Edmonton forward Ryan Smyth.
"They've got our number, and it's disappointing, especially blowing
the couple of leads we had."
Dallas is fourth in the West with 93 points, two more than
Vancouver, which beat Los Angeles 1-0.
Trailing 2-0 in the second period, the Stars scored two strange
goals 56 seconds apart.
Pierre Turgeon's centering pass banked in off Oliver's
skate at 14:07, and Sekeras' point shot appeared to hit an
Oilers stick before finding the net behind Ty Conklin.
It was the first goal for Sekeras, playing his first NHL game of
the season after being signed as a free agent March 9. Sekeras, who
spent the past three seasons with the Minnesota Wild, had 17 points in the Swedish Elite League.
"We need to make the right plays at critical points in the
game," Marty Turco said. "You get into a rhythm with that, it's
really going to help come playoff time."
Turco had a strong second period, allowing his team to rally. He
came out to take away a breakaway by Raffi Torres and later stopped
Torres on a one-timer in front.
In the first period, Turco picked up a double minor for
high-sticking when he whacked Smyth in the mouth with his stick.
"I didn't hit Smytty in the face on purpose," he said. "It
was an accident. That's all I'm going to say about that."
Brewer opened the scoring 2:22 in with a power-play goal. Pisani
made it 2-0 at 19:49 of the first.
After Pisani couldn't get the puck out of his own zone, the
Oilers finally cleared it and Smyth rushed up ice. Smyth
crossed the Stars' blue line and dropped the puck for Pisani, who
cut toward Turco on a two-on-one and beat the goalie.
Dallas D Sergei Zubov missed the game with a charley horse sustained Monday when hit by Calgary's Chris Simon. Zubov, who had played 211 straight games, is day-to-day. ... Stars C Jason Arnott also missed the game with a groin strain. Arnott is on a five-game scoring streak, with eight points (four goals, four assists). ... Oilers D Marc-Andre Bergeron earned an assist on Brewer's goal, extending his scoring streak to five games, during which he has three goals and three assists.
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Arena: Rexall Place Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Michael McGeough, Dean Warren Linesmen: Don Henderson, Randy Mitton
Attendance: 16,839 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Eric Brewer (7)
(Power Play) Assists: Marc-Andre Bergeron, Adam Oates
Fernando Pisani (13)
Assists: Ryan Smyth, Eric Brewer
David Oliver (7)
Assists: Pierre Turgeon, Shayne Corson
Lubomir Sekeras (1)
Assists: Shayne Corson, Pierre Turgeon
Fernando Pisani (14)
Assists: Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Smyth
Brenden Morrow (23)
Assists: Richard Matvichuk, Philippe Boucher
Bill Guerin (33)
Assists: Valeri Bure, Mike Modano