NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Edmonton|
(Friday, January 22nd)
Final Score: Dallas 4, Edmonton 3
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - James Neal scored with 22.2 seconds to play,
less than a minute after Edmonton had tied the game, as the Stars sent the
Oilers to their 10th straight loss, a 4-3 decision at Rexall Place.
Edmonton's slide has featured some agonizing defeats, and Friday's was no
The Oilers got hope after scoring with the extra attacker with 1:02 left. Sam
Gagner got the goal officially, but the Stars' Mike Modano inadvertently
kicked it past Marty Turco to make it a 3-3 game.
"I was just trying to kick it to my stick and I couldn't have kick it more
solidly into the net," Modano said.
But Dallas came back and pressured the Edmonton net, nearly scoring when
Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk stuffed Loui Eriksson. But the Stars kept the
puck in the offensive zone, and an Oilers defenseman swept a shot away from
the crease. Neal was in perfect position on the inside of the right circle
and fired the go-ahead goal past Dubnyk.
Edmonton nearly evened the game again, as a rebound sat in the crease after
Turco made a left pad save. But the Stars goaltender slid to his left to deny
Dustin Penner's shot as Dallas held on for its first road victory since
December 11 at San Jose.
Modano scored for Dallas, which has won three of four, while Turco made 36
Gagner had two goals for the Oilers, who were coming off Wednesday's overtime
loss to Vancouver, in which the Canucks evened the game with 4:06 remaining
before winning it in the extra session. Dubnyk stopped 28 shots.
"It's just not good enough. We can battle back all we want, if we lose the
game it doesn't matter," Edmonton's Ryan Potulny said. "It's not enough to
just battle back. We have to win these games."
Trevor Daley put the Stars on the board six minutes into the contest with a
slap shot from the high slot, and Modano made it a 2-0 game with a power-play
score 6 1/2 minutes later. Potulny scored on the man advantage only 39 seconds
after Modano's goal to get the Oilers within one.
Jamie Benn then restored Dallas' two-goal edge with 8:36 left in the middle
period. Steve Ott carried the puck up the right side of the ice on a Stars
odd-man rush, then dished to the slot for Benn, who beat Dubnyk for a 3-1
Gagner's snap shot brought Edmonton within one with 19 seconds left in the
Turco snapped a personal three-game losing streak...Dallas had dropped its
last 10 on the road...Robert Nilsson and Penner each had two assists for
Edmonton...Edmonton has lost 17 of 18 overall...The Oilers are on their
longest skid since a 12-game slide from February 25-March 21, 2007.
01/23 01:51:56 ET