Jujhar Khaira scores a pair of goals, with Leon Draisaitl extending his point streak to 12 games with a goal and assist in an overtime loss to the surging Dallas Stars
EDMONTON, AB - Tyler Seguin levelled the contest with 1:49 to go in the final frame before Jamie Benn completed the 5-4 come-from-behind overtime victory for the Dallas Stars over the Oilers in a Hockey Fights Cancer matinee matchup on Saturday at Rogers Place.
The Stars arrived for Saturday's afternoon clash burning bright as one of the NHL's hottest teams with a record of 9-1-1 in their last 11 games before flexing their resilience late in today's contest.
"Up 4-2 in your own building going into the third, you have to find a way to get two points," Connor McDavid said post-game. "We let it slip by. They did a good job really bringing it in the third and found a way to get two."
Jujhar Khaira's star shone brightest in a losing effort with his second and third goals of the season as the Oilers carried the lead for the majority of the afternoon until the third period and Seguin's tying goal with less than two minutes on the clock.
"By then, we started chasing the puck more than just sticking to our game plan," Khaira said. "I thought the first two periods we played well. They're a good team over there and it's a lesson for us to learn."
Benn's tally 1:14 into overtime held the Oilers to a single point and sunk their overall record to 13-6-3 before beginning an extended five-game road trip on Tuesday in San Jose.
"It's a good lesson," defenceman Darnell Nurse said post-game. "We move on to the next one, but those are ones you want to pick up when you're in the driver's seat going into the third. You have to find a way to win them, and tonight we didn't have it."
The Dynamic Duo's light was far from dim, with McDavid lending a helping hand with three assists and Leon Draisaitl extending his league-leading point streak to 12 games (10G, 16A) with a goal and assist.
Koskinen stopped 31 of 36 shots in defeat, with the Oilers power play scoring once one three opportunities and the penalty kill extending its streak to 20-straight kills.
"We played two periods really well, and it's tough to say what happened," Koskinen, who falls to 7-1-2 on the year, said. "I felt like we were in our own zone most of the time, and it was getting a little bit heavy."
After Jason Dickinson opened the scoring for the Stars 8:47 into the opening frame, it was Khaira who answered just 11 seconds later by knocking down a Dallas clearance along the boards and trickling his first of the afternoon unassisted under the arm of the 6-foot-7 netminder Ben Bishop.
Koskinen, the other half of the combined 13 feet and four inches of goaltending in the matinee tilt, made his mark on the contest soon after, stoning Radek Faksa with the incredible glove save before the Oilers stars made it count in the period's final moments.
Draisaitl followed up his captain's first effort with 33 seconds on the clock and potted the second through the five-hole of Bishop, extending his league-leading point streak to 12 games in the process with his 16th tally in 22 matches this campaign.
Jujhar became Two-jhar soon after the intermission, nullifying Miro Heiskanen's tying goal 48 seconds into the middle frame when he accepted McDavid's dish and flatfooted Bishop with his quick release that ended the towering netminder's afternoon after allowing three goals on 15 shots.
From every failed clearance to every line change, Head Coach Dave Tippett and the players see teachable moments in defeat in hopes that mistakes in early November turn into positive execution in March.
"We're in the middle of November. I want us to recognize in the middle of March when we're playing really hard games that those are the plays that really count," Tippett said. "We'll use it as a learning tool right now, but in the middle of March you're not going to have time for learning tools. You have to be a good team by then if you want to be a playoff team."
"But from where we were to where we are now, they're steps ahead. We're recognizing situations that I think the good teams do. But now we just have to do it more."