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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Stars in OKC

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers take on the Dallas Stars in Oklahoma City in their eighth and final pre-season game. 

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Smyth - Hall - Hemsky
Joensuu - Arcobello - Eberle
Hamilton - Gordon - Yakupov
MacIntyre - Acton - Brown

Belov- J. Schultz
Smid - Petry
N. Schultz - Larsen



     "FUN FACT: The have played in OKC before. This will be their first game here since December of 1992 when they faced the Islanders"

Getcha popcorn ready. We are underway in OKC. It is Oilers-Stars in the final tuneup for the Oilers before the regular season.

18:54: Hemsky nearly scores for the Oilers. He carried it in deep, left it for Larsen who gave it back to Hemsky who shot it.

     "Good crowd for NHL showcase. There are some Stars fans in the house but Oilers have an edge in noise."

11:40: Mark Arcobello races down the ice to avoid an icing. He wins the foot-race.

08:53: Austin Smith scores unassisted and the Stars take a 1-0 lead. Sharp angle goal eluded Dubnyk. | DAL 1, EDM 0

06:08: Luke Gazdic takes down Belov and the Oilers have their first power play of the game. Hooking is the call.

02:59: The Barons staff has announced a list of semi-finalists for their car giveaway tonight. I was not one of them. Oilers power play ends with no score, the Stars lead in shots 8-4 and lead the game 1-0.

02:04: Ryan Smyth in deep nearly scores, then Jesse Joensuu with the big body out in front misfires on a shot. Oilers getting in on the action late in the period.

00:00: Shots are 12-8 in favour of the Stars after the first period of play. | DAL 1, EDM 0


20:00: Period two is underway!

10:00: Midway through the second period and the Oilers trail the Stars 1-0. Shots are 16-11 in Stars favour.

08:45: Arcobello fans on a slapper in the slot! He had daylight.

07:05: A 3-on-1 down the ice and Luke Gazdic snipes it past Dubnyk. | DAL 2, EDM 0

03:27: HUGE save by Dubnyk!

     "MacIntyre (knee) won't return to tonight's game in OKC."

00:00: Yakupov makes the collective heart rate of those in attendance speed up exponentially with a shot on a wide open net from the slot but misfires. Period two comes to a close.| DAL 2, EDM 0


20:00: It's time for the third period! Will the Oilers rally? Let's find out.

19:00: Ryan Hamilton delivers a check to a Dallas player that was hard enough that a pane of glass fell out in the corner. Boom goes the dynamite.

10:46: Traffic out in front and the Stars score. Vernon Fiddler gives Dallas a big lead. | DAL 3, EDM 0

07:26: Oilers pulled Dubnyk in favour of extra attacker. The Stars take advantage and pounce on the empty net. | DAL 4, EDM 0

04:06: Dallas Stars have a 2-on-1 rush and Dubnyk makes the pad save.

00:00: Dallas runs away with this one, 4-0. Stay tuned for postgame on | DAL 4, EDM 0

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