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RECAP: Stars 4, Oilers 0

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers open the 2013-14 regular season on Tuesday at Rexall Place against the Winnipeg Jets. The puck drops at 8:15 p.m. MDT and it can be seen on CBC.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Offensive struggles and an early Dallas lead put a halt to any sort of Edmonton comeback as the Stars beat the Oilers, 4-0 pre-season play in front of over 8,800 fans in Oklahoma City.

"That wasn't very good," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "I was actually okay with a lot of our system play but for some reason we didn't want to shoot the puck or put pucks on net. That caused us to be basically into the zone and be back-checking which is no fun. That was a good lesson for our team."

Austin Smith scored first for the Stars at 11:07 of the first period on an unassisted sharp angle shot. The puck snuck past Devan Dubnyk and Dallas took a 1-0 lead into the locker room after the first 20 minutes.

The Stars had a 3-on-1 rush when Luke Gazdic carried the puck in the zone and sniped it top shelf on Dunyk giving Dallas the 2-0 lead with seven minutes to play in the second.

Dubnyk made an impressive highlight reel save with under four minutes to play in the middle frame when he kicked his leg out and stopped a big shot.

Nail Yakupov made the OKC crowd stand on their feet when he had a chance at a wide-open net from the slot. The Oilers forward shot the puck wide and the second period ended with no goal for Edmonton, now trailing by two.

In the third, Oilers forward Ryan Hamilton delivered a blow to a Dallas player in the corner that shook the pane of glass off the dasher board. After a brief stoppage, play resumed.

Traffic out in front screened Dubnyk and Vernon Fiddler scored for the Stars to give them a 3-0 lead with under eleven minutes to play in the game.

The Stars scored an empty-netter when Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins elected to pull Dubnyk, down by three, with eight minutes remaining. The stars found the empty net to be beneficial and scored their fourth of the night.

"It probably wasn't our best exhibition game," said forward Taylor Hall. "We left a lot on the table and especially against a roster that really isn't their regular guys. They battled really hard and they played well against us so give them props for that. I thought we created a lot of problems on our own."

Stars goaltender Dan Ellis made 20 saves in the shutout.

Oilers forward Steve MacIntyre left the game with an apparent knee injury and did not return.

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