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GAME STORY: Oilers 2, Stars 1 (OT)

Mikko Koskinen made 42 stops in a 2-1 overtime victory over Dallas that was capped off in overtime by Alex Chiasson on the power play

by Jamie Umbach /

DALLAS, TX - The way to victory for the Edmonton Oilers can come in many different ways.

With the NHL's top-two leading scorers in Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, they can flat out outscore you.

With the NHL's top-ranked power play, they can use the man advantage to disarm you. Their penalty kill, second in the NHL, can frustrate you.

Their shutdown defence and five-up, five back approach, administered by Head Coach Dave Tippett, can deny you.

But on this occasion at the American Airlines Arena against the Dallas Stars, it was the unflappable Mikko Koskinen that held true.

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The Oilers complete a three-game road trip on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks. The game can be seen on Sportsnet West and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. Puck drop is 6:38 p.m. MT.


The Finnish netminder carried the water in goal for the Oilers on Tuesday in the second game of a back-to-back, making 42 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory that was put on ice by Alex Chiasson with the man advantage in overtime.

"He was outstanding from the first period on," Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who scored his 20th of the season in the victory, said post-game of his netminder. "On a back-to-back against a team like that, you need your goalies to step up and he definitely did that tonight."

It might not have been an eight-goal explosion like the night before, and the Oilers offence might not have had it all night.

But the club's power play, once again, came up big when it mattered by going 2-for-5 and clinching the Oilers the extra point in sudden death.

"You do what you have to do to try and get points, no matter if you're playing well or not playing well," Tippett said. "It speaks volumes for the goaltender and the special teams, but 5-on-5 we weren't as good as we needed to be.

"Some of that is you're a tired team coming in and they're really playing well, but that being said there's some things that we can do to help our game out. Those are things we'll address moving forward."

Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring with the man advantage 7:24 into the second frame after Koskinen held off a Stars surge in the form of a 16-6 outshooting of the Oilers in the opening 20 minutes.

Dallas has been a city that Koskinen's thrived in this season after posting 35 saves in another 2-1 triumph for the Oilers back in December.

"I felt good," Koskinen said after improving to 17-13-2 this season. "It was a tough back-to-back, we battled hard and we deserved the two points. So I have to be really happy with that."

The netminder took the reigns in the second game in two nights for Edmonton, and the Oilers received stellar goaltending again that's becoming a consistent player in fostering the club's success and confidence in the race to the playoffs.

"It's really important every time that I'm playing -- no matter if I'm playing five in a row or once in a while," Koskinen added. "I have to put my best foot forward every night."

Leon Draisaitl, after posting five points in Monday's 8-3 win over Nashville, earned the secondary assist for his 108th point of the season while Connor McDavid recorded a helper for his 95th point.

Video: Koskinen, Chiasson lead Oilers to overtime victory

Stars defenceman John Klingberg gave Dallas their deserved tying goal on the power play 6:42 into the third period, but it would be the only tally for the home side after the Oilers special teams held the fort with a late kill in the final 10 minutes.

In overtime, it was Chiasson playing the role of hero when he picked up a bouncing puck in the left circle and fired it low glove past Anton Khudobin to mark his first goal and in 11 games and victory for the Oilers.

"I'm usually the decoy," joked Chiasson. "It was kind of a funny bounce. he just missed it or it bounced off his skate or something.

"I know for myself I've had good chances in the last six or seven games. It just hasn't been going my way. I found a way tonight to get a big point for our team."

Edmonton wraps up their three-game road trip on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks, hoping to sweep the road swing and pad their points total in the Pacific Division playoff race.

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