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Seguin, Stars hand Oilers seventh straight loss

by Steve Hunt

DALLAS -- Cody Eakin might not have had a goal or an assist for the Dallas Stars in a 3-2 win Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers at American Airlines Center, but he may have made the play of the game late in regulation.

With Dallas up a goal, a shot by Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with 4:14 remaining in regulation had gotten behind Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen and the puck appeared poised to cross the line, but Eakin alertly cleared it from the paint.

"I kind of lost sight of it and then it was right in front of me, so I whacked it back through Kari's legs," Eakin said. "I probably could have pulled it out, but at that point you get as far away from the goal line as you can."

Dallas (9-9-4) got two goals from Tyler Seguin and a goal and an assist from John Klingberg. Seguin, who increased his League-leading goal total to 18, scored each of his goals in the second period.

"We're getting closer to our game and putting together a full game," Seguin said. "We are still showing glimpses of not playing our game, but we were happy to walk away with a win."

Boyd Gordon scored shorthanded in the first period for Edmonton (6-14-2), which has lost seven games in a row. Taylor Hall also scored early in the third.

"I just feel like we're beating ourselves," Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle said. "That's just how a lot of us feel in here and the good thing is we're able to correct that ourselves. Last year, teams were beating us. This year, we're beating ourselves."

Seguin scored his first 5:59 into the second when he beat Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth top-shelf with a backhand shot after Dallas caught Edmonton on a line change. Seguin's second came with 2:18 remaining in the period when he roofed a wrist shot from the high slot.

"He's shooting the eyes out of a rattlesnake right now," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said of Seguin. "He's got one heck of a shot. When he shoots the puck he's got one of the best shots I've ever seen."

The circumstances surrounding Seguin's first goal was definitely a sore spot for Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins.

"I don't even know what to say about it. It's mind-numbing that at this level we would try to change there. We don't fill the middle of the ice and bang, you're playing from behind," Eakins said. "This League is too close to give other teams chances and goals like that and the game was there for us."

The Stars scored first when Klingberg scored his third of the season with a slap shot from the neutral zone 12:49 into the game. After Jason Spezza won a faceoff in the left circle, Klingberg gained possession and after taking a few strides launched a 74-foot blast that managed to beat Fasth low on the glove side.

"Yeah, it took a really weird way to the net, but I still got to have that," Fasth said. "It's one of those I want back, you know?"

Klingberg has a five-game point streak.

"Yeah that was a lucky goal there. I was going to dump the puck first, but I kind of wanted to surprise the goalie there so yeah it was lucky," Klingberg said.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 35 shots for Dallas, which has won three straight.

"I thought Kari was good," Ruff said. "For the most part, Kari was there when we needed him and we needed a few big saves."

Seguin had another quality scoring chance with two minutes remaining in the first. The Stars were on the power play after Edmonton defenseman Andrew Ference was called for holding at 17:53. Seguin nearly connected on a slap shot from the left circle, but his blast instead found the right post.

The Oilers tied it when Gordon collected his own rebound for a shorthanded goal with 30 seconds left in the first period. Jeff Petry assisted by clearing the puck from the Edmonton zone and after Stars defenseman Trevor Daley was unable to intercept near the Oilers blue line, Gordon had a breakaway.

Lehtonen denied Gordon's primary wrist shot, but he was there to knock in the rebound for his fourth goal of the season. It was Edmonton's third shorthanded goal.

Each of Gordon's goals have come over the Oilers' past 10 games.

Dallas had an apparent goal by Eakin at 9:02 of the second disallowed after Stars center Ryan Garbutt had pushed Petry into Fasth, which prevented him from making a play on the puck.

Hall cut the Dallas lead to 3-2 5:59 into the second with a snap from the right circle. Hall knocked in a pass from Eberle, who assisted with a nice backhand from behind the net after receiving the puck from Nugent-Hopkins.

It was Hall's 100th career goal.

"I'm very proud of Taylor Hall," Eakins said. "He's growing. He's turning into a leader right in front of us. You could argue that he is the best left winger in the game. I'm happy that he got his 100th goal, but I know Taylor would rather celebrate this with a win."

Fasth, who stopped 30 shots, denied Seguin's bid for the hat trick with a glove save with 1:45 remaining.

The Oilers nearly forced overtime with nine seconds left, but David Perron's shot off a wraparound hit the crossbar.

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