EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ The Edmonton Oilers are used to losing to the
Dallas Stars in the playoffs. Now they're getting all too familiar with
regular-season overtime defeats, too.
Bill Guerin scored 3:11 into overtime to lift Dallas to a come-from-behind
4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers that clinched a playoff spot for the
It was Guerin's second overtime goal against the Oilers in as many games.
``It was big,'' Guerin said. ``It gives guys confidence in themselves and
Guerin converted Valeri Bure's centering pass for his 33rd goal, scored from
point-blank range after Brenden Morrow scored with 54 seconds left in
When the teams last met, on Feb. 29 in Dallas, the Oilers led 4-1 with 25
minutes remaining, only to watch the Stars score four times _ including
Guerin's overtime winner.
Add that to Edmonton's playoff futility against Dallas _ losing five of the
six series they've played since 1997 _ and the Oilers are left wondering what
they have to do to beat the Stars.
``We're all tired of this scenario,'' Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said.
``It's played itself out seemingly endlessly whenever we've played these
Fernando Pisani gave the Oilers a 3-2 lead with his second of the night with
6:59 left in regulation.
Eric Brewer also scored for the Oilers, who haven't lost in regulation time
in 14 games (8-0-2-4). Edmonton has sole possession of seventh place in the
Western Conference with 83 points, five behind Calgary and one ahead of
David Oliver and Lubomir Sekeras also scored for the Stars, who've won four
in a row and are unbeaten in six (5-0-1).
``I don't know what it is,'' Edmonton forward Ryan Smyth. ``They've got our
number and it's disappointing, especially blowing the couple of leads we had.''
Dallas is fourth in the West with 93 points, two more than Vancouver, which
beat Los Angeles 1-0.
Trailing 2-0 in the second period, the Stars scored two strange goals 56
Pierre Turgeon's centering pass banked in off David Oliver's skate at 14:07,
and Lubomir Sekeras's point shot appeared to hit an Oilers stick before finding
the net behind Ty Conklin.
It was the first goal for Sekeras, playing his first NHL game of the season
after being signed as a free agent March 9. Sekeras, who spent the past three
seasons with the Minnesota Wild, had 17 points in the Swedish Elite League.
``We need to make the right plays at critical points in the game,'' Marty
Turco said. ``You get into a rhythm with that it's really going to help come
Turgeon and Shayne Corson earned assists on both goals.
Turco had a strong second period, allowing his team to rally. He came out to
take away a breakaway by Raffi Torres and later stopped Torres on a one-timer
In the first period, Turco picked up a double minor for high-sticking when
he whacked Smyth in the mouth with his stick.
``I didn't hit Smytty in the face on purpose,'' he said. ``It was an
accident. That's all I'm going to say about that.''
Brewer opened the scoring 2:22 in with a power-play goal. Pisani made it 2-0
at 19:49 of the first.
After Pisani couldn't get the puck out of his own zone, the Oilers finally
cleared it and Ryan Smyth rushed up ice. Smyth crossed the Stars blue line and
dropped the puck for Pisani, who cut toward Turco on a two-on-one and beat the