NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Edmonton|
(Tuesday, February 15th)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Dallas 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Shawn Horcoff tallied a goal and two assists
to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars at Rexall
Ales Hemsky, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Chorney also scored for the Oilers, who
halted a three-game skid and won for only the third time in their last 15
games overall (3-11-1).
Nikolai Khabibulin finished with 24 saves in the victory.
"It was great," Horcoff said. "We obviously got challenged yesterday and, you
know, 23 guys showed up tonight and played a great game. The last two games
haven't been indicative of the way we've been playing. I thought before that
we were putting in some good efforts and weren't getting the results."
Loui Eriksson scored the lone goal for the Stars, whose wheels are starting to
fall off after a very promising first half of the season. Dallas enjoyed a
five-game win streak in mid-January, but is 2-7-1 since and fell into a three-
way tie for second place with Anaheim and San Jose in the Pacific Division.
Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 30 shots.
"It's easy to go behind that we have guys hurt, but we have a lot better team
than we've shown the last couple games," Lehtonen said.
Eberle's 12th goal of the season opened the scoring with 1:58 to go in the
At the 7:40 mark of the middle frame, the Oilers gained a 2-0 edge with a
power-play goal. After Mark Fistric went to the penalty box for hooking,
Horcoff and Tom Gilbert helped set up Chorney's first NHL goal.
Eriksson's 19th goal of 2010-11 -- a power-play tally assisted by Lehtonen and
Jason Williams -- at 16:31 of the second cut the Dallas deficit in half, but
Edmonton responded less than two minutes later.
Skating 5-on-4 due to another Fistric minor (cross checking), the Oilers
passed the puck around the perimeter of their offensive zone until Hemsky held
control along the right half-wall. Hemsky then drifted to the top of the
circle and faked a shot before his pass into the low slot was successfully
redirected past Lehtonen by Horcoff with 1:50 remaining before intermission.
Hemsky capped the scoring 28 seconds into the final stanza. Horcoff carried
the puck through the neutral zone along the left side and passed across to
Hemsky, who split two defenders, moved in on a breakaway and lit the lamp with
a backhander at the left post.
Chorney became the eighth Oiler this season to record his first career
goal...This marked just the fourth time this season that Edmonton scored more
than one power-play goal in a game...Khabibulin was winless in his previous 14
starts prior to this victory...Dallas, which has now dropped five straight
road games, remained stuck on 699 victories since the franchise relocated to
Texas from Minnesota...It was Hemsky's 10th goal of 2010-11...The Stars were
1-for-3 on the power play, and the hosts ended 2-for-6 with the extra skater.
02/16 02:27:41 ET