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NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Edmonton



(Thursday, January 4th)

Final Score: Dallas 6, Edmonton 5 (SO)

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Sergei Zubov was credited with the game- winning goal in the shootout, as the Dallas Stars needed two extra sessions to overcome Patrik Stefan's incredible miscue to escape with a dramatic 6-5 win over Edmonton at Rexall Place.

Stefan and the Stars led 5-4 with 15 seconds remaining in regulation and he gained control of the puck on a clear breakaway. Edmonton had already pulled goaltender Dwayne Roloson for the extra attacker, and all Stefan had to do was simply push the puck over the goal line into the empty net. However, the uncontested Stefan somehow missed the net, and the Oilers quickly went the other way before Ales Hemsky tied the contest with two seconds remaining to force overtime.

"It was some bad ice, but I just tried to carry it all the way to the net and in the last second the puck just jumped over my stick," said Stefan. "I don't know what was going through my mind - it's not like I shot and missed the net."

After an exciting but scoreless overtime, Zubov and Jussi Jokinen both scored in the shootout and Marty Turco -- who replaced Mike Smith in the third period -- stopped both Edmonton shooters and the Stars gained the victory despite giving up a point on the road due to Stefan's mistake.

"That was bizarre," said Dallas defenseman Darryl Sydor. "(With only) seconds left with an empty net and then it's a tie game. "I've never seen anything like that and you probably won't see anything like that again for a long time."

Stefan, Mathias Tjarnqvist, Jere Lehtinen, Philippe Boucher and Niklas Hagman each scored a goal for Dallas, which trailed 4-2 in the third period and rallied for a one-goal lead before the unbelievable finish. Smith allowed four goals on 17 shots through two periods, while Turco ended with 12 saves. The Stars halted their brief two-game skid.

Ryan Smyth tallied a goal and three assists while Shawn Horcoff and Joffrey Lupul also scored in the losing effort. Petr Nedved, who was picked up off waivers this week, scored a power-play goal in his return to Edmonton. Nedved played with the Oilers in 2003-04 and was recently released by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Trailing by two at the start of the third period, the Stars scored three unanswered goals in a 4:21 span of the final stanza that gave them the lead.

First, at 3:19, Lehtinen notched his 200th career marker to bring the visitors within 4-3. Skating with a two-man advantage, the Stars worked the puck around the perimeter until Zubov held control at the top of the right circle. Zubov passed across the slot for the successful one-timer by Lehtinen.

Less than a minute later at 3:52, the Stars were still on the power play and Boucher tied the game with a wrist shot from above the right circle that found its way through traffic.

Dallas continued the momentum swing and grabbed a one-goal edge courtesy of a great individual effort by Hagman. With Edmonton blueliner Matt Greene draped on his back, Hagman struggled through the slot on a partial breakaway and was hauled down by Greene. With the referee's arm in the air already calling for the delayed penalty, Hagman managed to follow his own shot and, while laying on the ice, swiped the puck into the far corner of the net with 12:20 to play in the third.

Turco held strong the rest of the way and with under a minute to play, Roloson was pulled. A turnover by Edmonton in the neutral zone allowed Stefan to skate in all alone against an empty net, but the puck drifted off his stick. Petr Sykora quickly sent the puck up the ice to Smyth, who passed from along the right half-wall into the low slot for Hemsky. Hemsky sneaked behind the Stars defense corps and after a quick move to the backhand, beat Turco from the goal mouth with two seconds on the clock as the Oilers incredibly tied the score.

"We were bestowed upon a miracle at the end," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. "I've never seen anything like it. It is one of those moments in hockey that you'll remember forever."

Edmonton fell to 3-8-1 in its last 12 games overall.

Smyth's 21st goal of the season 49 seconds after the opening faceoff preceded the second Edmonton goal for a 2-0 lead at the 4:29 mark of the first period. Steve Staios sent a cross-ice pass through the neutral zone to Smyth, who carried across the blue line down the right-wing side. Smyth dropped the puck for Horcoff, who fired a blazing wrist shot past Smith from the top of the circle.

Stefan cut the Dallas deficit in half at 3:05 of the second, but the Oilers scored twice more for a three-goal edge. Nedved's power-play rebound goal at the right post -- after a one-timer from the left point by Hemsky -- came at 4:12 and later in the period, Lupul made it 4-1.

A pass from the left point by Horcoff was sent to the right post but Smyth fanned on the attempted shot. The disc went behind the net, kicked off the rear boards and caromed directly to Lupul, who deposited his 12th goal into the cage at the left post with 7:32 remaining in the second stanza.

Two quick, nifty passes led to Dallas' second goal. Mike Ribeiro held control behind the net on the left side and sent a short pass to Chris Connor, who was also behind the net but on the opposite side. Connor then spotted Tjarnqvist and hit him on the tape at the goal mouth for an easy one-timer, as the Stars trailed 4-2 after 40 minutes of action.

Game Notes

Edmonton defenseman Ladislav Smid suffered a left shoulder sprain early in first period...This marked the fifth straight win for the Stars in Edmonton, which has dropped six of its last nine at home...Smyth now has five goals and four assists in his last five games...Dallas captured the season series, 3-1...The Oilers were 1-for-4 on the power play while the visitors ended 2-for-5 with the extra skater...Attendance was 16,839.

01/05 02:15:50 ET


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