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Koskinen, Oilers end slide with win against Stars

Makes 34 saves, McDavid has two assists for Edmonton, which gets first victory in five games

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

Koskinen's spectacular stops

EDM@DAL: Koskinen stymies Stars with pair of saves

Mikko Koskinen knocks away an initial redirection from in front, then quickly slides to the post to rob Alexander Radulov's follow-up attempt

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DALLAS -- Mikko Koskinen made 34 saves for the Edmonton Oilers in their first win in five games, 2-1 against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Monday.

Zack Kassian and Leon Draisaitl scored in the first period, and Connor McDavid had two assists for the Oilers (19-13-4), who were 0-3-1 in their previous four games.

"We wanted to get a good start and a good end," Edmonton coach Dave Tippett said. "We wanted to win, and we came in and our guys were really focused today. Even in the morning skate, you could tell it was a real business-like approach to it, which was good.

"As a coaching staff, we kind of let them do their thing today and talked a little bit about it, but it was mostly those leaders in that room that said we are going to get the job done tonight."


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Tyler Seguin scored in the third period to end his 11-game goal drought, and Ben Bishop made 26 saves for the Stars (19-12-4), who had their point streak end at five games (4-0-1).

"With three [games] in four [nights], there's an excuse there if you want it," Seguin said. "I still think we had an opportunity to win tonight's game. It was a team we thought we could beat. We had a lot of penalties and maybe a couple of bad bounces.

"We would've liked to have had more shots and test the goaltender a bit more than we did. That's hockey sometimes."

Kassian scored from the slot off a pass from McDavid at 8:07 to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.

Draisaitl scored a power-play goal from below the right face-off circle off a no-look, backhand pass from Alex Chiasson at 14:13 to make it 2-0.

"I thought we showed up to play in the first period," Chiasson said. "We got off to a good start and then power play and penalty kill type of game. We stayed with it through 40 minutes and found a way to get two points on the road. That was much needed from us."

Video: EDM@DAL: Draisaitl finishes Chiasson's pass for PPG

Stars forward Jason Dickinson said of Draisaitl's goal, "We would've liked that one back that we gave up. We addressed the issue, and I think from there, we didn't really give up much on the PK. Obviously, we want to stay out of the box as much as we can against guys like that."

The goal ended a streak of 41 consecutive penalties killed at home for Dallas dating to Oct. 29.

"The penalty kill was really good," Stars coach Rick Bowness said. "That's the No. 1 power play in the League and taking six penalties is not part of the program. It had a big bearing on the outcome of the game. We did a good job of killing, but it destroyed the rhythm of our team."

Seguin scored with a wrist shot from the slot at 17:23 of the third to get the Stars within 2-1.

"I don't stress too much about it, but I obviously want to produce," Seguin said about the goal drought. "I've been the assist man as of late, so it's nice to get one. I wish I could've gotten another one there in the last minute or so."

Video: EDM@DAL: Seguin regains blocked pass, nets goal

Koskinen made 17 saves on 18 shots in the third.

"It was awesome," Koskinen said of the Oilers' defensive approach. "They played a really, really tight game, and everyone really wanted to put the defense first, and then worry about the offense."


They said it

"Our goaltender was really good, especially in the third period when they pushed hard. We checked well. We did a lot of things that we would like our identity to be. A real team effort and not just waiting for a couple of guys to score. Everybody pulled their load and [Mikko] Koskinen was really good in goal. That's going to be the formula we need to use if we are going to be successful." -- Oilers coach Dave Tippett

"It could be a reason. But we had a day off yesterday, so we should've been pretty well-rested if we took care of ourselves properly. I don't think that's a good excuse, but the season picks up from here. We have to be ready to raise our intensity. It doesn't matter what the schedule throws at us. We have a back-to-back again this week with another game on the fourth day. It is what it is, and we just have to weather it." -- Stars forward Jason Dickinson on playing their third game in four nights


Need to know

McDavid leads the NHL with 59 points (20 goals, 39 assists), and Draisaitl is second with 57 (21 goals, 36 assists). ... Stars forward Alexander Radulov has seven points (one goal, six assists) during a five-game point streak since he was a healthy scratch Dec. 5 for a 3-2 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets. ... Dallas defensemen Esa Lindell and Roman Polak each played 5:19 while shorthanded.


What's next

Oilers: At the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

Stars: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

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