The day started out as a questionable one for Dallas Stars’ fans as the news spread about Alex Goligoski being a healthy scratch tonight versus the Edmonton Oilers. The Stars’ highest paid defenseman was not in tonight’s game against a young and talented Edmonton team, but the Stars did not need Goligoski tonight as Glen Gulutzan pushes to 5-0-0 against the Oilers in his young head coaching career.
It was a skating game to begin, but Dallas got the better of the scoring chances and out shot the Oilers to get the crowd out of the game early at the Rexall Place. Edmonton came into the game with a red hot power play, but an equally hot Dallas Stars penalty kill was put to the test late in the first. The Stars looked to have got the better of the scoring chances on the penalty kill, especially a dangerous shot from Cody Eakin who beat Edmonton goaltender Devyn Dubnyk only to have his shot hit the post. The Stars outshot the Oilers 12-9 as the first period ended with the score tied at zero.
The game’s first goal came at the 3:21 mark as a mess of defense by the Dallas defenseman and bad positioning by Kari Lehtonen gave Ales Hemsky his fourth goal of the season. The Stars struck back about ten minutes later as Jamie Benn beat Dubnyk on a quick snap shot and looks like a hot streak is starting as that was Benn’s third goal in two games. Shortly after the Stars found themselves on the powerplay after a questionable hooking call on Ales Hemsky. The Stars took advantage of the powerplay as Derek Roy took a slapshot from the point that went past a screen Dubnyk. The Dallas Stars led the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 after two periods.
The Stars shockingly took no penalties in the second period, but they saved them for the third along with the turnovers as well. The Stars took three minor penalties, the second one was fatal as a high sticking penalty by Stephane Robidas loaded up the Edmonton powerplay and rookie Justin Schultz tied the game with a slapshot from the point that went past Kari Lehtonen and tying the game at two and requiring the game to go to overtime.
It took the Stars just 1:46 to finish the game. There were only two shots on goal. The first one was a wicked wrist shot by Jamie Benn creating a rebound that found the stick of Jaromir Jagr who then dances around the Edmonton defense and shoots the puck past Dubnyk and ending the game.
- Congratulations to Jaromir Jagr as tonight’s game winning goal was career goal 668 moving him to number ten on the all time list tied with Luc Robitaille.
- Dallas has been historically good against the Oilers, tonight’s victory pushes Glen Gulutzan to 5-0-0 against Edmonton as a head coach.
- Alex Goligoski was a healthy scratch tonight, which caused a big stir in the hockey community. Goligoski is the Stars highest paid defenseman and for all intents and purposes it looked like Goligoski was benched for this game.
- Aaron Rome looks to have benefited the most from Goligoski’s absence. Rome played over twenty minutes tonight and played in key penalty killing situations for the Stars.
- The Oilers came in with big injuries to their forwards already as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Captain Shawn Horcoff were out, but center Anton Lander left tonight’s game with a foot injury leaving the Oilers with one NHL ready center in Sam Gagner
- Official three stars of the game chosen by the TSN crew: 1. Ales Hemsky 2. Loui Eriksson 3. Jaromir Jagr
- Keep Dallas Pesky unofficial Star of the game: Jamie Benn
- The Stars will be home Friday to take on division rival Anaheim. Puck drop at 7:30