Eaves, Lehtonen lead Stars to win over Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Patrick Eaves had a goal and an assist, Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves and the Dallas Stars beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Friday night.
Lauri Korpikoski and Antoine Roussel also scored to help the Stars win on consecutive nights after losing six of seven.
Patrick Maroon and Tyler Pitlick scored for Edmonton, which has lost two straight to fall to 2-4-1 since starting the season 7-1-0. Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots.
Roussel got the tiebreaking goal with 5 minutes left in the second period, taking a partial breakaway pass from Tyler Seguin and beating Talbot.
Edmonton had some solid chances in the dying minutes, but Lehtonen preserved the win.
Dallas got off to a fast start, scoring on the first shot of the game, just 28 seconds in. Jamie Benn fed it into the slot to Korpikoski, who blasted a shot past Talbot.
Jordan Eberle put the Oilers back on the offense just three minutes later, fishing a puck out of a scramble in front of the net and putting a shot on Lehtonen, with Maroon sweeping in to score his sixth of the season.
Eaves scored on a long point shot to make it 2-1 for Dallas five minutes into the first period.
Edmonton tied the game up again with 29 seconds left to play in the opening period as Pitlick got the puck behind the net and swooped out front before calmly lifting a backhand past Lehtonen.
NOTES: The Stars have been forced to get by without six of their top forwards, with Cody Eakin, Patrick Sharp, Ales Hemsky, Jiri Hudler, Jason Spezza and Mattias Janmark all absent from the lineup. … Coming into the game, the Stars had gone 17-3-4 against the Oilers over the past seven seasons. … It was the first of three meetings between the two teams this season, the next one is at Dallas on Nov. 19.
Stars: At Vancouver on Sunday in the finale of a five-game trip.
Oilers: Host the New York Rangers on Sunday.