Benn scores in OT as Stars beat Oilers 5-4
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars‘ dreadful start seems like a long time ago now.
Benn converted a backhand to close out Dallas’ 3-0-1 trip to Canada. It was Benn’s first goal since Oct. 10 and No. 2 on the season.
“I can’t believe it went in,” said Benn, who ended the longest goal drought of his career. “There’s never any quit in our team. … We found a way to get five (goals) and it was a great battle back by our team.”
“For us to have the confidence, and especially to come back from 4-2, to know you can do it … it’s something to think you can do it. It’s another thing to believe you can do it,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “And once you accomplish it it’s easier to do again and again.”
Edmonton carried a 4-2 lead into the third period, but was unable to hold on.
“Obviously up 4-2 in your own building going into the third, you have to find a way to get two points,” said Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who had three assists. “We let that slip by. They did a good job to come back in the third.
“It’s a good lesson, you have to find a way to close those ones out. Up 4-2 in your own building, you have to find a way to get two points.”
Comeau whacked a bouncing puck into the net for his second of the season at 5:21 of the third. Seguin tied it at 4 with a one-timer with 1:49 left in regulation for his 600th career point.
Dallas opened the scoring 8:57 into the opening period after Edmonton failed to clear the zone. Dickinson ended up with the puck in the slot, and he beat Koskinen on the glove side.
The Oilers responded 11 seconds later. Khaira won a puck battle on the boards and muscled it past Bishop.
Edmonton jumped in front with 34 seconds left in the first. McDavid blazed in on the net, and Draisaitl knocked in a rebound for his 16th goal.
Draisaitl extended his point streak to 12 games, and McDavid ran his to seven games.
After Heiskanen tied it again 48 seconds into the second, McDavid responded with another nice play. The captain dropped a pass back to Khaira, who scored his second of the game and third goal of the season at 3:34.
McDavid then got his third assist when he set up Bear for a power-play goal with 1:19 left in the second.
NOTES: Oilers forward Alex Chiasson missed the game with an illness.
Stars: Open a four-game homestand Tuesday night against the Vancouver Canucks.
Oilers: Begin a five-game trip Tuesday night at San Jose.