Oilers 5, Stars 1

With the puck bouncing their way, the Edmonton Oilers had no

trouble notching a rare win in Dallas.

Ales Hemsky scored a goal and two assists, Jeff Petry added a

goal and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves in helping the

Oilers roll to a 5-1 victory over the Stars on Thursday night.

The win snapped Edmonton’s six-game losing streak against the

Stars, including two meetings earlier this season. The Oilers had

been 1-10 in Dallas since Dec. 8, 2006.

”I think mathematically, we were due and when you look at the

two games in Edmonton, we played well against Dallas and today we

definitely had the bounces on our side,” Oilers coach Ralph

Krueger said. ”Devan Dubnyk played an outstanding game and it was

an excellent overall game for the team.”

Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz and Ben Eager also scored for the

Oilers, while Jordan Eberle and Lennart Petrell added two assists

each.

”We’re not the same team we were in the past, so you can’t look

at our record and think we’re going to have a tough time,” said

Gagner, who had five shots on goal. ”I think for us, for the guys

that have been here, it’s always nice to come into a building

you’ve had some trouble in and get a win. It’s a good feeling here

tonight.”

Dallas gave the Oilers nine power plays on the night in losing

for the third time in its last four home games.

”It was an odd night,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. ”They

got a couple bounces early and the penalties didn’t allow us to get

back in the game. This was a stinker.”

Jaromir Jagr scored Dallas’ goal, while Kari Lehtonen made 33

saves in his return to the Stars’ net after missing five games with

a groin injury. He made a number of big saves and was victimized by

two shots from the corner that deflected off teammates in front of

him.

”It certainly wasn’t the way I wanted to come back and play,”

said Lehtonen, who was activated off injured reserve on Wednesday.

”It was good to play, but the result was awful. I wasn’t able to

make too many of those key saves I need to make for us to win these

games.”

Edmonton, on the second stop of a nine-game road trip, led 2-0

late in the second period before delivering the crushing blow on

Petry’s second goal of the year with just 13.9 seconds left. Petry

received a fortunate bounce when he backhanded the puck from the

left corner into the crease, where it pinballed off Lehtonen’s

stick, off Trevor Daley’s arm and over Lehtonen’s shoulder.

The Oilers increased the lead to four when Hemsky connected on a

power play just 50 seconds into the third, retrieving a Dallas

turnover in the high slot and unleashing a wrist shot that beat a

screened Lehtonen over the shoulder.

”The last two games, they beat us in the third period. It was

just different tonight,” said Hemsky, who leads Edmonton with

eight goals on the season. ”We didn’t spend too much energy

chasing the puck the way we did a lot before, and you have more

energy for offense, and I think that helped us.”

Eager made it 5-0 at 11:37 following another Stars turnover,

blasting a one-timer from the right face-off circle past Lehtonen

after a nice cross-ice pass from Lennart Petrell.

Jagr spoiled Dubnyk’s shutout bid with 5:55 remaining when his

snap shot from the high slot found its way over Dubnyk’s glove.

Four different Oilers had to be helped off the ice during the

game and the simmering hostilities came to a head with four minutes

left when Dallas’ Jamie Benn was ejected for cross-checking Ryan

Jones from behind. Jones, who had run into Lehtonen seconds earlier

and was heading to the penalty box for goaltender interference,

stayed down for about two minutes before heading to the locker

room.

”Well, I’m sure they’re going to look at it. It’s not a

suspendable offense in my mind,” Gulutzan said of the possibility

Benn might be suspended. ”The guy goes off looking at your bench

kind of smirking, you’re probably all right. Not a high hit or a

head hit.”

The Oilers struck first, as Gagner notched his sixth of the

season just 1:13 into the opening period. Standing in the right

corner, Gagner fired the puck into the crease, where it appeared to

ricochet off Benn’s skate and past Lehtonen.

”We’ve talked a lot about getting pucks to the net and we were

able to do that tonight,” said Gagner, who leads the Oilers with

19 points in 19 games. ”Sometimes you get those types of bounces

when you’re getting pucks into traffic there.”

The teams traded prime scoring opportunities off the rush

starting at 8:43 when Dubnyk made a nice pad save on Stephane

Robidas’ one-timer from the high slot.

Seconds later, Petry raced into the Dallas zone with Taylor Hall

on a 2-on-1 rush, and Lehtonen got just enough of his wrist shot to

deflect the puck just wide of the right post.

Schultz made it 2-0 Edmonton at 13:52 when he sneaked into the

slot and received Eberle’s beautiful saucer pass from the left

corner for a one-timer that fluttered over the sliding Lehtonen’s

pad and under his glove.

The Oilers had a great chance to go up by three when

back-to-back boarding penalties on the Stars gave Edmonton a 5-on-3

power play for 1:03 that carried into the second period. They had

several opportunities, but Lehtonen made sparkling saves in

succession on Gagner’s one-timer, Schultz’s wrist shot and Ryan

Smyth’s point-blank wrister.

Dallas then had three consecutive power plays through the second

period, but came up empty-handed.

With the clubs skating four aside with 4:24 left, rookie

defenseman Brenden Dillon took off on a breakaway, but Dubnyk slid

out and stacked the pads to deny Dillon’s wrist shot from the

slot.

A too many men on the ice penalty against Dallas less than a

minute later gave the Oilers another 5-on-3 advantage, but again

they couldn’t cash in.

NOTES: LW Erik Cole made his Dallas debut, registering one shot

on goal and a -2 plus/minus rating. Cole was acquired by the Stars

on Tuesday from Montreal in exchange for Michael Ryder and a 2013

third-round draft choice. … Edmonton LW Taylor Hall was back in

the lineup after serving a two-game suspension for kneeing

Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck on Feb. 21. … Oilers D Corey Potter

left the contest late in the first period after he was leveled by a

hit from Dallas’ Eric Nystrom and did not return. … The Stars

honored former RW Jere Lehtinen, who played in Dallas from

1995-2010 and ranks among the top five in franchise history in

virtually every offensive category, as part of the squad’s all-time

team.