At age 40, Jaromir Jagr still knows where the back of the net is -- especially in overtime.
Jagr picked up the rebound of Jamie Benn's shot in the corner to the left of Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk. He curled his way around defenseman Ryan Whitney, moved into the lower right circle and ripped a low wrister past Dubnyk's glove for his third goal of the season -- and the 668th of his career, tying him with Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille for 10th on the all-time goal-scoring list.
"I tried to beat the guy 1-on-1 and shot it right away," he said. "I still have to get used to it -- the European rink is big and you have so much time. Here it is totally different, you have to shoot it right away."
Jagr's performance -- he also made a brilliant play to set up Jamie Benn's second-period goal -- left both the Stars and Oilers impressed.
"He's still lethal when he has the puck," Dallas rookie Cody Eakin said. "That was a tough shot to stop -- it was a perfect shot."
Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves for the Stars (5-5-1), who've had nine games decided by one goal and have been outshot in all 11. Dubnyk stopped 25 shots for Edmonton (4-3-3), which is winless in its last four games. The Oilers have had six of their 10 games this season go to overtime or a shootout -- they are 1-3 in regulation and 3-3 when the game goes past 60 minutes, including back-to-back OT losses to Vancouver and Dallas.
"We obviously want to start finding a way to get two points in these situations," a disappointed Dubnyk said. "We'll find a way."
Still, the Oilers are seventh in the West, just ahead of Dallas -- a good start for a team that has finished 30th, 30th and 29th in the overall standings in the past three seasons.
"The race and the pack, it's so tight. We're in the pack, in the games, and we have an opportunity to win," Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said.
Edmonton trailed 2-1 after two periods but tied the score 7:38 into the third on a power-play goal by rookie defenseman Jeff Schultz. He stepped into a straightaway one-timer from 55 feet and blew a slap shot through traffic and past Lehtonen for his third of the season. The Oilers pressed for the go-ahead goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation but couldn't beat Lehtonen again.
"It wasn't the greatest effort from us," Schultz said. "We found a way to come back in the third period but we needed to find a way to win it."
The Oilers opened the scoring 3:31 into the second period after getting the Stars' defense running around in its own zone. Sam Gagner barely missed a tip on a back-door pass, but Edmonton kept the heat on and Ales Hemsky finally beat Lehtonen when he picked up the carom of Yakupov's shot off the post and put it into a wide-open net for his fourth of the season.
The assist gave Gagner a 10-game point-scoring streak -- he's hit the scoresheet in each of the Oilers' games this season.
After both teams hit posts in an eight-second span -- Loui Eriksson for Dallas and Yakupov for the Oilers on the return rush -- Dallas tied it at 13:24 on a goal by Benn, who took a feed in the left circle from Jagr and whisked a shot off the skate of Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry and past Dubnyk. It was Benn's third of the season, all in the past two games, and ninth in 11 career games against Edmonton.
Jagr made the play by controlling the puck and finding Benn all alone.
"That play to Benn on the first goal -- the guys on the bench were in awe," coach Glen Gulutzan said of Jagr's feed. "He's still surprising the way he can dominate."
Dallas took the lead at 18:44 on Derek Roy's first goal as a Star. Roy, acquired from Buffalo last summer, took a pass from Eriksson at the right point and teed up a slap shot that went through a screen and past Dubnyk for a power-play goal.
Gulutzan was happy with the outcome but not with his team's performance after the Oilers got even in the third period.
"I like the win in overtime, but I didn’t like the response after those two goals," he said. "We kept turning the puck over and putting the game in jeopardy. Until we realize that we are a team that has to grind out games, we are a team that even if it gets a little dicey out there, we have to continue to play a certain way – we’re not going to get traction. So I didn’t like our response; I thought we turned way too many pucks over. We’ve got to learn to do a better job."
Neither team scored in a first period that saw Dallas outshoot Edmonton 12-9 and get the better scoring chances. Dubnyk stopped Roy on a 2-on-1 break with 5:28 left, then foiled Michael Ryder on the rebound. About two minutes later, Eakin beat Dubnyk cleanly from well inside the right circle during a penalty kill, only to see his shot hit the far post and stay out.
Edmonton lost center Anton Lander in the first period with a foot injury. The Oilers also were without center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first player taken in the 2011 NHL Draft. He took a hit from Vancouver's Henrik Sedin in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss and sat with a sore shoulder. Krueger said he expects Nugent-Hopkins to play against Detroit.
The Stars made a change on the blue line, as Alex Goligoski was a healthy scratch, with Philip Larsen dressing in his place. Goligoski has just three points in 10 games and has struggled at times in the early going.
Material from team media was used in this report
|Ales Hemsky (4) ASST: Nail Yakupov (3), Sam Gagner (8)|
1 - 0 EDM
|Jamie Benn (3) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (5), Brenden Morrow (3)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Derek Roy (1) ASST: Loui Eriksson (2), Michael Ryder (1)|
2 - 1 DAL
|PPG - Justin Schultz (3) ASST: Ales Hemsky (3), Taylor Hall (8)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Jaromir Jagr (3) ASST: Jamie Benn (3), Stephane Robidas (3)|
3 - 2 DAL
|Stephane Robidas Interference against Ryan Smyth|
|Ryan Smyth Tripping against Tomas Vincour|
|Nail Yakupov Roughing against Brenden Morrow|
|Ales Hemsky Hooking against Antoine Roussel|
|Cody Eakin Hooking against Sam Gagner|
|Stephane Robidas Hi-sticking against Sam Gagner|
|Trevor Daley Interference against Magnus Paajarvi|