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RECAP: Oilers 3, Stars 2 (SO)

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers


DALLAS, TX - The Edmonton Oilers tied the game with just over five minutes remaining, eventually taking the 3-2 decision over the Dallas Stars in a shootout.

"It was one of those games, when your goaltending is good, it allows you to hang around in the game," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "We were allowed to hang around and finally get our feet underneath us and get some pressure on them."

In the second period, Denis Grebeshkov was smothered by an aggressive Dallas Stars penalty kill at his own blue line. Garbutt pressured the Oilers defenceman, freeing the puck and springing him loose on a breakaway. Garbutt fired the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov to break open the scoring.

The Oilers would lose Bryzgalov after 28 saves after he was run into by Garbutt. Bryzgalov stayed down for a few moments before eventually skating off with assistance. He would not return.

Oilers forward Ryan Jones' play, through the first two periods, earned himself second-line duty and he was instrumental on the tying goal. Jones brought the puck into the offensive zone and Alex Chiasson tried to lay a hit on the Oiler. Instead, it was Jones who threw the hit and then freed the puck out to Ales Hemsky who finished the play in the face of goaltender Kari Lehtonen, with just 4.2 seconds remaining in the second period. Sam Gagner earned the second assist.

"I thought we played alright," said Gagner. "I thought we gave them too many high-quality chances. The goalies were unbelievable tonight. I think we've had games this year that have gone the other way. We haven't found ways to get wins when we're playing really well. You've got to take the wins when you can get them and move forward here."

In the third, Garbutt would get his second of the night. Antoine Roussel carried the puck into the zone and then found Garbutt in the slot for the go-ahead goal at 3:45 of the final frame.

The Oilers tied the game with 5:07 remaining. A turnover came the way to David Perron and the Oilers forward found his captain, Andrew Ference, at the point. The defenceman hammered home a one-timer to make it,  2-2.

An exhilarating back-and-forth overtime session proved scoreless, sending the decision to a shootout.

In the skills competition, Jordan Eberle and Perron scored to lead the Oilers to the 3-2 victory.

Devan Dubnyk made 15 saves on 16 shots in relief of Bryzgalov, earning the win.

"It's tough right at the start when you first come off the bench," said the goaltender. "Everything is dry and the ice is beat up a bit so you don't really slide. It's always a weird feeling, especially when there's a faceoff in your end right away. But that's part of the job. You want to go in there and be real simple, try to get hit with a couple and then when you come in for intermission you're back in the routine."
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