Stars 4, Oilers 2

Kari Lehtonen and the Dallas Stars pushed aside the young

Edmonton Oilers.

Lehtonen made 30 saves, Jamie Benn and Adam Burish each had a

goal and an assist and the Stars beat the Oilers 4-2 on Thursday


”Kari was very good tonight, especially when we needed him to

be,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said. ”We weren’t very good in the

first period tonight and the Oilers were. They had a number of

chances and he was equal to the task.”

Mike Ribeiro and James Neal also scored for Dallas. The Pacific

Division-leading Stars have won a team-record eight straight road

games and are 7-0-1 in January and 29-13-5 overall.

”It starts with goaltending,” Ribeiro said. ”Both of our

goaltenders have been amazing. It’s every guy on the team right now

as well. It’s coming from everywhere.”

Former Michigan State defenseman Jeff Petry scored his first NHL

goal, and Ryan Jones added a goal for Edmonton. The Oilers, last in

the Western Conference at 14-25-7, have lost four in a row and 13

of 15.

”We went to the net hard and put pucks there and did lots of

things that you need to do to have success,” Oilers coach Tom

Renney said. ”But we turned the puck over enough times and that

helped their attack.”

Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin suffered his 10th straight


Dallas opened the scoring 12 minutes into the first period as

Burish chipped the puck off the boards to send Benn on a breakaway.

He beat Khabibulin with a nifty deke for his 13th goal of the


The Oilers scored short-handed just over a minute later when

Jones converted Kari Lehtonen’s rebound.

The Stars regained the lead 6 1/2 minutes into the second.

Ribeiro sent the puck back to a trailing Niklas Grossman, who gave

it right back to Ribeiro at the side of the net for his 10th


Dallas made it 3-1 on a power play midway through the second.

Benn got past Edmonton’s Colin Fraser and passed to Neal, who

picked the top corner for his 19th goal of the season.

Petry scored late in the second with a blast from the point.

”It’s a special day. Obviously it would have been better with a

win, but it was a pretty good goal to get,” Petry said. ”I didn’t

see it. I didn’t see the light go on either. I saw everybody stand

up behind the net, though.”

NOTES: Burish scored into a empty net with a second left. … It

was the second of four meetings between the teams this season. The

Stars won the first game 3-2 on Jan. 11. … Edmonton was without

forward Ales Hemsky (concussion), but captain Shawn Horcoff

returned from a knee injury.