NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Edmonton
(Wednesday, March 24th)
Final Score: Dallas 4, Edmonton 3 (OT)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Bill Guerin's overtime goal capped a late two- goal turnaround as the Dallas Stars knocked off the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, at Rexall Place.
Trailing 3-2, Brenden Morrow scored with just 54 seconds left in regulation to even the score for the Stars, who clinched a playoff berth.
Dallas, now only one point behind idle San Jose for first in the Pacific Division, remained two points ahead of Vancouver for the all-important fourth seed in the Western Conference. The Canucks defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 1-0, on Wednesday.
The Stars, who extended their unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1), also received goals from David Oliver and Lubomir Sekeras. Pierre Turgeon and Shayne Corson each added a pair of assists.
Marty Turco turned aside 24 shots to pick up the win, while counterpart Ty Conklin allowed four goals on 27 shots for Edmonton.
Fernando Pisani netted a pair of goals and Eric Brewer also scored for the Oilers, who jumped ahead of Nashville into sole possession of seventh place in the West by virtue of its overtime loss. Edmonton, which saw its five-game win streak come to an end, now has a one-point lead over the Predators with five games remaining on its schedule.
Guerin reaped the benefits of some hard work by Valeri Bure to net his 33rd of the campaign with 1:49 to play in the extra stanza. Bure was headed behind the net before throwing the puck out front to Guerin camped out front, who avoided a check to tuck home his ninth game winner of the season and the second in overtime against Edmonton this season..
"It's the second time this year they've done that to us," Conklin said. "Coming back from a deficit, it's tough to say how they do it. It's still a point, but tough to take."
The goal came about 40 seconds after Conklin robbed Dallas' Trevor Daley from point-blank range. Valeri Bure slid the puck over to the trailing Daley on an odd-man rush, and Conklin stacked the pads as he slid across for the scintillating stop.
Edmonton seized a 3-2 advantage on Pisani's second of the night with 6:59 to play after Dallas notched two goals late in the middle stanza to rally back from a two-goal deficit.
Pisani found the back of the net after Smyth's touch pass in the neutral zone sent the Oilers on a 2-on-1 rush. Pisani took Shawn Horcoff's pass off his skate and fired it home for his 14th of the campaign.
Morrow came streaking in about two minutes later in a bid to tie it back up at 3-3, but Conklin was there with his catching glove to turn aside his wrister.
Edmonton looked well on their way to grabbing the much-needed two points until the Stars, looking for points in the playoff hunt as well, pulled Turco in the closing stages.
With just under a minute left, Morrow had a second chance to break even, and this time he was not denied. Richard Matvichuk's left circle wrister rang off the post, but Morrow was there to slam home the rebound for the tying marker, his 24th of the season.
Edmonton received an early power-play goal from Brewer to jump out to a 1-0 lead. Marc-Andre Bergeron found Brewer alone at the right point off a draw. Brewer had plenty of room to walk in and snapped a wrist shot by Turco from the top of the right circle just seven seconds into the man advantage and 2:22 into the opening stanza.
Pisani doubled the Oilers' margin with just 11 ticks left in the first. He beat Turco five-hole from the left hash after taking a pass from Smyth at the blue line.
The Stars cut into the lead on a lucky bounce off a skate 14:07 into the second period. Turgeon battled out from behind the net and threw the puck in front. The disc caromed off Oliver and into the net behind Conklin for his of the season.
Sekeras, playing in his first game of the season in place of the injured Sergei Zubov, evened the score at 2-2 less than a minute later. He gathered the puck at the top of the right circle before fluttering a shot past Conklin.
"We were down early, but we stuck to the game plan," Guerin said. "We didn't get discouraged. We had a lot of players out but the guys who came in played well. It looks like that's the way we're going to have to play from here on in."
In the midst of a scoreless third frame, Smyth had a tremendous scoring chance with 11 1/2 minutes to play. After a bad turnover by Mike Modano in his own zone, Smyth ended up with the puck all by himself on the doorstep. Smyth tried to outwait Turco to no avail.
Dallas has won four straight contests...The Oilers have earned a point in 14 straight games (8-0-2-4)...Brewer has eight points in his last seven games (two goals, six assists)...Pisani has four goals in as many games...Smyth was clipped on a high stick by Turco in the first period, resulting in a four- minute Edmonton power play, but he remained in the game...Zubov had his streak of 211 consecutive games ended because of the charley horse he suffered Monday in Calgary...Dallas signed Sekeras, who had been playing in Sweden this year, as a free agent on March 9.
03/25 01:49:09 ET