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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Stars

by Ryan Frankson / Edmonton Oilers

Forty-year-old NHL legend Jaromir Jagr scored the 115th game-winning goal of his storied career tonight at Rexall Place as his Dallas Stars defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime. Ales Hemsky and Justin Schultz scored in regulation for the home team, while Jamie Benn and Derek Roy gave Dallas its two goals. It was the Oilers fourth consecutive defeat; however, they have earned single points in three of those four games and are 4-3-3.

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

The deciding play of Wednesday's game 1:46 into the overtime period when Jaromir Jagr deked around Oilers defenceman Ryan Whitney and fired a quick shot past Devan Dubnyk to give the Stars the 3-2 OT victory.

21 Blocked shots by the Oilers in the game, with Ladislav Smid accounting for nine of them.
2 Slap shot goals scored by rookie defenceman Justin Schultz this season out of three total tallies, ironically after he scored most of his 18 AHL goals this season with the wrist shot.
3 Hits recorded by Darcy Hordichuk in just 49 seconds of playing time on Wednesday. Talk about laying the body efficiently!
3 Oilers games that have been decided in overtime or a shootout in their last four contests. Edmonton has dropped all three.

Ales Hemsky
1 1 2 +1 2

  Loui Eriksson
0 1 1 E 0

Jaromir Jagr
1 1 2 +2 0

Kari Lehtonen
29 27 2 61:46 .931

Devan Dubnyk
28 25 3 61:37 .893

  Trevor Daley - D

24:40 - 0 PTS, +1 rating

Justin Schultz- D

23:16 - 1 PTS, E rating

Trailing 2-1 heading towards the mid-mark in the third period, the Oilers scored a pretty power-play goal to tie the game. Taylor Hall sent a skip pass across the offensive zone to Ales Hemsky, who dished it back to the point for Justin Schultz's one-timer that went through a Teemu Hartikainen screen and past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for the rookie blueliner's third of the season.

Right-winger Ales Hemsky was selected as the first star of the game after he scored Edmonton's opening goal in the first period and then set up Justin Schultz for his power-play equalizer. Hemsky's two points moves him into a tie for fourth in team scoring with seven points.

Left-winger Magnus Paajarvi was held off the scoresheet on Wednesday, but he was able to make an impact on the game in other ways, killing penalties for 1:51, drawing a Stars penalty, throwing his big 6-foot-3 frame around with some hits and blocking a shot.

With Wednesday's overtime winner, Stars winger Jaromir Jagr moves into a tie for the 10th spot on the all-time NHL goal-scoring list. He now has 668 career goals and is tied with Luc Robitaille.

"He's pretty dangerous. Every time he's out there you have to stay focused on him. He's got a good shot." – Nail Yakupov on playing against one of his childhood idols Jaromir Jagr, who sniped the OT winner for Dallas

Saturday, February 9 vs. Detroit 
12:00pm MST
(CBC / 630 CHED)

With a two-game homestand now complete, it's back on the road for the Oilers as they head to Detroit for an afternoon game against the Red Wings on Saturday at 12pm (CBC, 630 CHED) and play the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Sunday at 4pm (Sportsnet West, 630 CHED). The next Oilers home game is Tuesday against the Stars again at 7:30pm.

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