Just one day after being traded from the Montreal Canadiens, forward Eric Cole was in the Dallas Stars lineup for the first time Thursday night, but he was unable to provide the spark needed as the Edmonton Oilers rolled over the Stars 5-1.
Cole, 34 was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday Evening for team leader Michael Ryder and a third round draft pick in 2013.
It was a tough game to watch for many Stars fans as the club just couldn’t find a way to get any offence started. The win marked the first time the Edmonton Oilers beat that Dallas Stars in Dallas for the first time since December of 2006.
Sam Gagner tallied a goal just one-minute into the first period as he wristed a shot past Kari Lehtonen for the 1-0 lead. Lehtonen returned from injury Thursday night for the first time since February 15th after hurting his groin during the Vancouver Canucks.
Defencemen Justin Schultz tallied his fifth of the season just over ten minutes later for the 2-0 Oilers lead. Dallas failed to score in the first, despite firing 15-shots on goal.
In the second, Jeff Petry would backhand a puck past Lehtonen in the dying seconds of the period as the Oilers lead 3-0 after two.
Frustration would begin to mount in the third as Ales Hemsky beat Lehtonen just 50-seconds into the period. Ben Eager would score his first of the season ten-minutes later as the Oilers were running away with a 5-0 lead.
That’s as close as the Stars would get as Dubnyk turned away 33-shots in a 5-1 victory. Meanwhile, Lehtonen also set aside 33 shots as he suffered the loss.
The Oilers travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues Friday evening. Meanwhile, the Stars will host the same St. Louis Blues club Sunday night in Dallas.
Stars: J. Jagr (14:05-3rd)
Oilers: S. Gagner (01:13-1st), J. Schultz (13:52-1st), J. Petry (19:46 – 2nd), A. Hemsky (PP 00:50-3rd), B. Eager (11:37-3rd)
Stars: Lehtonen stopped 28 out of the 33 shots he faced in the loss
Oilers: Dubnyk stopped 32 out of the 33 shots he faced in the win
Starting Line Up
Benn-Morrow-Jagr Roussel-Roy-Eriksson Smith-Eakin-Cole Nystrom-Fiddler-Garbutt
Dillon-Robidas Benn-Daley Goligoski-Oleksiak
Injuries: D Philip Larsen (head), D Aaron Rome (foot) and LW Ray Whitney (foot) are out.