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Seguin snaps goal-scoring drought in Stars' loss to Oilers

Center scores for first time in 11 games, but Dallas can't complete late rally as point streak ends

by Jeff Odom @jeffodom / DallasStars.com

DALLAS -- Tyler Seguin entered Monday as the Stars' individual point leader with 25 through the first 34 contests. But for 11 straight games, the center had failed to find the back of the net -- one shy of tying his career-long stretch without a goal.

Luckily for Seguin, that changed with his tally late in the third period against the Oilers. Unfortunately for the Stars, it wasn't enough to spark a comeback

On the heels of first-period goals by Zach Kassian and Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton held off a spirited final-minute charge to edge Dallas 2-1 at American Airlines Center, ending their four-game winless skid and snapping the Stars' five-game point streak.

 

[WATCH: All highlights from Stars vs. Oilers]

 

"Obviously, (playing) three (games) in four (days) -- there's an excuse in there if you want it, but I still think we had an opportunity to win tonight's game," Seguin said. "It's a team we thought we could have beat, but we had a lot of penalties tonight and maybe a couple of bad bounces.

"We would like to have more shots and contest the goaltender a bit more than we did, but that's hockey sometimes."

The Oilers (19-13-4) got on the board eight minutes, seven seconds in. Connor McDavid caught the Stars puck watching and Ben Bishop leaning the wrong way before sending a superb pass to Kassan, who easily deposited it into the net for a 1-0 advantage.

The Stars had a great opportunity to tie it as they followed the Edmonton goal with a 4-on-1 rush the other way with Seguin, Alexander Radulov, Jamie Benn and Esa Lindell, but failed to get a shot off.

Video: EDM@DAL: Seguin regains blocked pass, nets goal

It was just that kind of game for Dallas (19-12-4) as miscues and penalties haunted the Stars throughout the night. They were whistled six times -- five of which were tripping minors -- with the second, a hooking call against Benn, coming back to bite Dallas hard.

The Stars had successfully killed off 41 straight man advantages by opponents at home, but Draisaitl -- the league's second-leading goal scorer behind only McDavid -- put an end to that incredible stretch. After a quick feed from McDavid, former Stars forward Alex Chiasson backhanded a cross-ice pass to Draisaitl, who easily buried it into the open net to double Edmonton's lead.

It wound up being the game-deciding goal.

"We would have liked that one back that we gave up," Stars forward Jason Dickinson said. "We addressed the issue and I think from there, we didn't really give up much on the PK. Obviously, we want to stay out of the box as much as we can against guys like that. ... You don't want to give them too many options. So, I think we handled it pretty well, but we definitely need to stay out of the box."

The Stars scrambled to solve Edmonton's Mikko Koskinen, but by the time Seguin scored on a wrister with 2:37 remaining in the game, it was too little, too late. The Stars fired several attempts in the last minute-plus but never found the equalizer.

"When you don't score goals, you try to make a cute play, and the cute plays don't work -- at least not in this league against anybody," Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said. "Give them credit, they worked very hard without the puck tonight. They were coming back very hard in the D-zone, so give them credit. Give their kid (Koskinen) credit, he made a lot of big saves on us."

That's hockey sometimes.

Video: EDM@DAL: Seguin on snapping goal drought vs. Oilers

 

Fast facts
  • Before Draisaitl's marker, the Stars hadn't allowed a power-play goal at home since Oct. 29 -- a 6-3 come-from-behind win over Minnesota.

  • Monday was just the second time since Nov. 1 that Dallas did not score a goal in the first period. The last was a 3-1 loss to St. Louis on Nov. 29.

  • Dallas was whistled for penalties four times in the first 22 minutes -- a tripping minor for Andrew Cogliano at the 1:10 mark of the first period, Benn's hooking minor at 13:54 in the first, and a pair of tripping minors against Blake Comeau at 18:12 in the first and 2:24 to open the second.

  • With his goal, Seguin now has points in three straight games.

  • Bishop stopped 26 of 28 shots on the night.

  • Edmonton finished 1-for-6 on the power play. The Stars were 0-for-3.

  • Of his 12:06 of ice time, Dickinson spent 4:06 on the penalty kill.

  • Miro Heiskanen led the Stars in ice time at 25:16 followed by John Klingberg at 24:15 and Esa Lindell at 21:46.

Video: EDM@DAL: Dickinson shares thoughts on loss to Oilers

     

    They said it

    "We've struggled in scoring goals since we've been here, there's no secret about that. It's not just the power play as we've been an over-passing team since we got here. It's something we address every day. We can scream all we want, shoot the puck … shoot the puck, but they're going to have to make that decision. The player makes that decision, so we'll just keep harping at them."

    -- Bowness on the Stars' power play

    Video: EDM@DAL: Bowness breaks down loss to Oilers

    "It's getting better and better. It's been pretty good so far. You know, there are little hiccups, as always, but as far as the transition is pretty good."

    -- Andrej Sekera on the transition from Bowness to assistant John Stevens overseeing the Stars' defense following last week's firing of coach Jim Montgomery

    Video: EDM@DAL: Parade of penalties costs Stars at home

     

    Up next

    The Stars hit the road for a back-to-back against the Lightning on Thursday (6 p.m. CT; TV: FS-SW; Radio: KTCK) and Panthers on Friday before returning home Sunday to face the Flames.

    Dallas hasn't defeated Tampa Bay at Amalie Arena since Oct. 2015 and has dropped five straight to the Bolts overall, including a pair of shutout losses last season.

    Don't miss your chance to see the Stars take on the Calgary Flames as they return home to American Airlines Center on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. The first 5,000 kids receive a Miro Heiskanen youth jersey presented by AT&T. Get your tickets now!

    This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

    Jeff Odom is the manager of DallasStars.com and writes about the Stars/NHL. Follow him on Twitter @jeffodom.

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