NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Edmonton|
(Tuesday, October 6th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Dallas 4 (SO)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ales Hemsky scored in the shootout phase,
lifting Edmonton to a 5-4 win over Dallas and locking up the 300th career
victory for goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.
Dustin Penner, Denis Grebeshkov, Sam Gagner and Mike Comrie also scored in the
physical battle for the Stars, who lost their season opener at home against
Calgary on Saturday.
Khabibulin made 30 combined stops in regulation and overtime, and stood tall
in the shootout.
"It's nice to get that (300th win) but I think that right now I'm more happy
that we got the win under the belt as a team," said Khabibulin. "Three-hundred
is something when you look at it ten years down the road, it'll be important,
but when you get a win at home it's more important."
The victory was also the first for Pat Quinn as head coach of the Oilers.
Brenden Morrow tallied two goals and an assist for the Stars, who have lost
both their games via shootout. They were beaten at home by Nashville Saturday
"I don't think we can win many games giving up four goals," said Morrow. "Our
PK (penalty kill) kind of let us down a little bit. We would have liked to
have killed off one more and got the two points, but we'll take a point here
and we've got some tough games on the road, but it would have been nice to
James Neal had the other regulation goal for Dallas, but his attempt to extend
the shootout clanked off the left post.
"I wasn't really good last year in shootouts so I didn't put too much pressure
on myself," added Khabibulin. "I kind to try to have fun with it and see what
happens basically, and it worked."
Marty Turco made 20 saves in defeat.
Mike Ribeiro's backhand try was wide of the net for Dallas, and then Hemsky
put a wrist shot between the pads of Turco in the third round of the shootout.
The result kept new Dallas coach Marc Crawford searching for his first victory
as a member of the Stars.
Comrie scored on the power play 3:39 into the game, but Morrow tied it two
Neal's short-handed tally gave Dallas the lead nearly six minutes into the
second, but Gagner evened the contest just 38 seconds later on the power play
with a successful shot from the left circle.
A one-timer on the power play from just inside the blue line from Stephane
Robidas moved the Stars in front 3-2 at 11:57 of the second, but Penner evened
the game again with less than two minutes to play in the period.
Morrow's second goal of the night, on the power play at 1:25 of the third,
inched Dallas to a 4-3 lead. Grebeshkov then tied it 5 1/2 minutes later on a
long shot from just inside the blue line.
Dallas went 2-for-6 on the power play, while Edmonton was 2-for-4...Stars
center Mike Modano was out with a rib injury, while Dallas right wing Jere
Lehtinen was sidelined with a hip/groin injury.
10/07 01:20:09 ET