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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Stars

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers played well at times in tonight's game, but ultimately didn't find enough offence to get past a desperate Stars' team.

Dallas got a big effort from their top-line of Ryder-Ribeiro-Eriksson, as well as goaltender Kari Lehtonen en route to a 3-1 win.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

WIth Dallas already ahead 1-0, the Stars top-line would strike for the second time when a give-and-go between Eriksson and Ribeiro was finished off with Ribeiro's 18th of the season. It proved to be the game-winning goal as the Stars went on to win this one, 3-1.

47 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 27 of 58 draws.
35 With his two goals tonight, Stars forward Michael Ryder hit the 35-goal plateau for the first time in his career.
29 Despite a strong stretch of hockey, the Oilers remain in 29th place after tonight's loss. They trail Montreal by 1 point, each with 5 games to play.

Michael Ryder
G A P +/- Shots
2 1 3 +2 4

Mike Ribeiro
G A P +/- Shots
1 2 3 +2 2

Jordan Eberle
G A P +/- Shots
0 0 0 -2 5

Kari Lehtonen
32 31 1 59:46 .969

Devan Dubnyk
25 22 3 58:41 .880

  Stephane Robidas- D

25:25 - 1 PTS, E rating

  Ryan Whitney- D

23:12 - 0 PTS, E rating

With Dallas already up 2-0 in the third period, Michael Ryder would finish off a pretty tic-tac-toe play to make it 3-0. The Stars Loui Eriksson would win a battle down low, sending a feed out front to Mike Ribeiro. Ribeiro would then make a smart play by delaying slightly before feeding Ryder for the open tap-in.

The pride of Newfoundland, Michael Ryder had a big night in a game the Stars needed to win. Battling for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference, Dallas came in needing a big effort from their top players and that's just what they got. Ryder would factor in on all three Stars' goals, finishing with three points(2G, 1A) and being named 'First Star'.

Despite leading for the entire game, the Dallas Stars were actually outshot in tonight's game. The Oilers had a number of prime scoring chances including a Jordan Eberle breakaway, but were stoned by Kari Lehtonen.

Ryan Whitney led all Oilers in ice-time in tonight's game. He was however, nowhere near the record for Ice-time by an Oiler in a game set by Eric Brewer. It happened against the Dallas Stars back in 2002 when he logged an impressive 33:52.

"The effort level just being enough is not good enough. It's a matter of competing at a high level, consistently "

-- Ryan Smyth on the effort level against Dallas tonight.

Friday, March 30  vs. Los Angeles
  7:30pm MDT (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers will play their second last home game of the 2011-2012 season on Friday night when they welcome the Los Angeles Kings to town. It will be the third meeting of the season between these two clubs, with the Oilers having taken the previous two. The game can be seen live in HD on Sportsnet West.

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