NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Dallas
(Wednesday, March 31st)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, Dallas 1
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Radek Dvorak and Ryan Smyth scored in the second period to lead Edmonton to a 3-1 win over Dallas at American Airlines Center.
Marc-Andre Bergeron also scored and Ty Conklin made 29 saves for the Oilers, who scored the final three goals to move into eighth place in the Western Conference playoff race, two points ahead of idle Nashville as three teams battle for the final two post-season berths.
The Oilers, with 89 points, have just one game remaining, on Saturday at Vancouver. Nashville, however, has three games to play. St. Louis is also in the mix with 89 points and also has three games left, including a visit to Nashville on Saturday.
"This is an important [victory]," said Edmonton head coach coach Craig MacTavish. "We're right back in [the playoff hunt]. We're one win away, in our minds, from getting in."
Edmonton snapped a 16-game road winless streak against Dallas (0-15-1) and also earned a point for the 17th time in its last 18 games overall (11-1-2-4).
Pierre Turgeon scored for the Stars, who suffered their third straight loss. The setback clinched the Pacific Division title for San Jose and left Dallas in fifth place in the Western Conference playoff race -- two points behind Colorado.
Ron Tugnutt stopped 20 shots for Dallas, which also had a 17-game home unbeaten streak snapped (13-0-4-0). The Stars hadn't lost at home since a 4-2 setback to Colorado on January 10.
"Defensively, the urgency wasn't there," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "On offense, we needed to find one more goal."
Edmonton overcame an early 1-0 deficit with a pair of second-period tallies.
Dvorak got his 15th of the season at 6:49 of the second. He took a pass from Raffi Torres and scored on a one-timer to forge a 1-1 tie.
Then a power-play tally by Smyth just over five minutes later put Edmonton ahead for good. A double-minor high-sticking call against Stars forward Brenden Morrow set it up.
Bergeron capped the scoring midway through the third period with his ninth goal of the season, a one-timer from the right faceoff circle.
Conklin stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third period, as his teammates mustered just six against Tugnutt.
"We just didn't do enough to win the game," Tugnutt said. "We needed to do more. We're just not getting it done."
Turgeon put Dallas ahead 1-0 with 3:24 remaining in the first period. His 15th of the season, a one-timer from the slot, was set up by Shayne Corson and Don Sweeney.
Petr Nedved posted two assists for the Oilers, who earned a 2-2 tie in the season series with Dallas...Edmonton finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Stars were 0-for-4 with the extra skater...Dvorak added an assist for the Oilers.
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