Huge third period lifts Stars past Oilers

January 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) watches as the puck goes off the post in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Stars Dominate Oilers in third period

So far this season, the Dallas Stars always seem to find ways to beat the Edmonton Oilers. The Stars went into Rexall Center Tuesday evening hoping to extend their winning streak to four games against the Oilers, and they did just that thanks in part to a huge third period.  Early in the game it appeared as though the Stars would struggle as the club took the ice with a lack of energy and failed to produce enough offensive chances. But, their penalty kill was great and Kari Lehtonen, who made 35 saves on the 36 shots he faced, was stellar in net.

The first good offensive chance for the Stars come when Cody Eakin had a breakaway as Mark Fistric rammed into Tomas Vincour and wristed the puck on goal, but Devan Dubnyk, who started in net for the Oilers made a beautiful pad save. It was the Edmonton Oilers, who struck first as Taylor Hall blazed down the ice through the neutral zone then cut wide, firing it past Kari Lehtonen to open the score 1-0.

Dallas tied the game up at 1-1 after Brenden Dillon‘s shot was deflected on its way to the net by Lennart Petrell, hit the glass then come back out front and bounced off Dubnyk’s back and in the goal. Dubnyk came up big with the glove save after Brenden Morrow snapped the puck. Lehtonen slid across to rob Sam Gagner of a goal when it looked like the Oilers pivot had a wide open net.

Dallas capitalized on another strange bounce to take the 2-1 lead. The puck was wristed from the point by Eric Nystrom and was tipped on its way to the net off the stick of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, off the post and in past Dubnyk. Lehtonen came up big in the 3rd period as he stoned Nugent-Hopkins with his pad on a great scoring chance. Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr, who scored in the last game against the Oilers, slipped another goal in past Dubnyk to give them a two-goal lead. Then, Ryan Garbutt added a late goal for the Stars as he snapped it pass Dubnyk’s blocker side for the 4-1 final score.

There will be no rest for the Stars as they head to Calgary to face the Calgary Flames tomorrow evening, meanwhile, the Oilers have a long break as they next host the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night.

Game Notes

Goal Scorers
Stars: B. Dillon (04:23 – 2nd), E. Nystrom (00:44 – 3rd), J. Jagr (15:25 – 3rd) , R. Garbutt (17:17 – 3rd)
Oilers: T. Hall (12:59 – 1st)

Goalies
Stars: K. Lehtonen made 35 saves on the 36 shots he faced.
Oilers: D. Dubnyk made 25 saves on the 29 shots he faced.

Here are the final score from the game against the Oilers and Stars:

Final 1 2 3 Total
1 1 0 1
1 0 3 4

Here are the shots on goal from the game against the Oilers and Stars:

Teams 1st 2nd 3rd Total
11 16 9 36
9 9 11 29

Starting Line Up

Forwards:
Morrow-Benn-Jagr
Eriksson-Roy-Ryder
Smith-Eakin-Vincour
Nystrom-Fiddler-Garbutt

Defense
Dillon-Robidas
Rome-Daley
Goligoski-Larsen

Goaltender
Lehtonen

Scratches: Jamie Oleksiak, Antoine Roussel and Tom Wandell
Injuries: Ray Whitney (foot)

Three Stars:

1st:  Kari Lehtonen

2nd:  Taylor Hall

3rd:  Brenden Dillon

Topics: Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, NHL

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