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Under the Scope: Oilers at Stars

by Ryan Frankson / Edmonton Oilers

Five different Oilers players found the back of the net on Thursday night in Dallas as Edmonton dominated the Stars to the tune of a 5-1 victory. Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Jeff Petry, Ales Hemsky and Ben Eager each scored while Devan Dubnyk was solid between the pipes with 33 saves. Hemsky led all Oilers with three points on the night, while Lennart Petrell and Jordan Eberle chipped in with a pair of assists.

Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:

It didn't take long for the Oilers to start the scoring on Thursday, as Sam Gagner fired a shot on net from the extended goal line that deflected off Stars forward Jamie Benn and into the net, spotting Edmonton a 1-0 lead just 73 seconds into the game. The floodgates opened from there with four more tallies.

15 Blocked shots combined between Oilers defensive warriors Jeff Petry, Mark Fistric and Ladislav Smid.
74 Faceoff percentage for sophomore centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, winning 14 of his 19 draws.
38 Penalty minutes accumulated by the Stars, 26 from Brenden Dillon and Jamie Benn combined.
2 Career multi-point games for Lennart Petrell, both resulting in Oilers victories, the first coming last season in Winnipeg.

Devan Dubnyk
34 33 1 60:00 .971

Sam Gagner
1 0 1 5 +1

Ales Hemsky
1 2 3 0 +2

Kari Lehtonen
38 33 5 59:57 .868

Devan Dubnyk
34 33 1 60:00 .971

Stephane Robidas

21:30 - 0 PTS, -1 rating

Justin Schultz - D

25:30 - 2 PTS, +2 rating

There were plenty of Oilers highlights to choose from on Thursday, but the team's second goal was the top play of the game. Jordan Eberle slid a perfect pass through traffic across the attacking zone to Justin Schultz for a one-timer past goalie Kari Lehtonen 13:52 into the opening frame.

Ales Hemsky was all over the ice, weaving his way through the Stars defence en route to a three-point night. He sniped a power-play goal 50 seconds into the third period and chipped in with a pair of assists. The Czech winger is up to 13 points on the season, good enough for fourth on the team.

Somewhat lost in all the Oilers scoring was the outstanding play of goalie Devan Dubnyk. The Stars had multiple opportunities to cut into Edmonton's big lead, but Dubnyk was razor sharp in his first game since February 21. His marquee stop was a masterful pad-stacking display on a breakaway by Brenden Dillon.

Prior to Thursday's dominant victory, Edmonton's last win in the Lone Star State was a 3-2 shootout victory over the Stars on December 5, 2009. The Oilers last regulation win in Dallas came on December 8, 2006.

"Mathematically, we were due."

– Oilers Coach Ralph Krueger on his squad finally getting some lucky bounces after a few going against them earlier this season.

Friday, March 1 at St. Louis 
6:00pm MT
(Sportsnet West / 630 CHED)

The Oilers are now two games into their massive nine-game road trip and have earned three out of a possible four points thus far. Next up is a quick turnaround game on Friday against the St. Louis Blues at 6:00pm at the Scottrade Center. From there, the Oilers will fly from St. Louis to the Twin Cities on Saturday and play the Minnesota Wild on Sunday also at 6:00pm.

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