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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Stars

by Ryan Frankson / Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes, but the Dallas Stars battled back with four unanswered goals to post a 4-1 win on Tuesday night at Rexall Place. It was the second victory in a week for the Stars over the Oilers as they won 3-2 in overtime last Wednesday. Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves between the Dallas pipes as Edmonton outshot the Stars 36-29.

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

The Stars scored their first of two goals on crazy bounces 4:23 into the middle frame to tie the game, as Brenden Dillon's point shot deflected off Lennart Petrell, off the glass on the end boards, off Devan Dubnyk's back and into the net. The ridiculous turn of events swung the momentum in the Stars' favour.

362 Saves made by Devan Dubnyk this season, second to only Buffalo's Ryan Miller for the most in the NHL. No other goalie is near the top two, as Ottawa's Craig Anderson is third with 327
25 Minutes into Tuesday's game before the Oilers equalled their three-period shots on goal total of 14 from their previous game on Sunday against Columbus
18 Shots on goal for the Oilers top forward line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Hall led the way with nine, while Eberle and RNH had five and four, respectively.
5 Hits delivered by Mark Fistric against his old team.

Kari Lehtonen
40 39 2 60:00 .975

Taylor Hall
1 0 1 -1 0

Brenden Dillon
1 0 1 +1 0

Kari Lehtonen
36 35 1 60:00 .972

Devan Dubnyk
29 25 4 60:00 .862

Alex Goligoski - D

21:57 - 0 PTS, +2 rating

Justin Schultz - D

25:08 - 0 PTS, -2 rating

Kari Lehtonen's most brilliant of his 35 saves came in the dying seconds of the second period, as he was able to get his skate blade on a brilliant backhand deke by Jordan Eberle to keep the game tied 1-1 through 40 minutes. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins flipped a pass to Eberle to set up the foiled scoring attempt.

Much like Devan Dubnyk stole a victory for the Oilers with a 39-save performance between the pipes in Columbus on Sunday, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was his team's most valuable player on Tuesday with 35 saves, many of them highlight-reel.

Eric Belanger continued his bounce-back season, posting a solid individual performance despite the unfavourable team result. The Oilers centreman logged 15:06 of ice time, including 3:16 shorthanded, went 14-for-18 in faceoffs (78% success rate), blocked two shots and had one hit.

With Tuesday's victory over the Oilers, the Stars recorded their 759th win since moving from Minnesota to the Lone Star State. The North Stars won 758 games between 1967 and 1993 prior to the franchise relocation.

"In Columbus we didn't deserve the win and didn't play well ... The way we played tonight is going to win us games." – Oilers winger Taylor Hall on the team's last two performances

Saturday, February 16 vs. Colorado 
8:00pm MST
(CBC / 630 CHED)

The Oilers are now one game through a five-game homestand with four more in a row left to play at Rexall Place. The Northwest Division rival Colorado Avalanche visit Edmonton on Saturday at 8:00pm (CBC, 630 CHED), and the Oilers welcome the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings to Oil Country next Tuesday at 8:00pm (TSN, 630 CHED).

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