Lehtonen leads Stars to 4-1 win at Oilers
- Associated Press
- February 12, 2013 - 11:24 PM
EDMONTON, Alberta - Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves and the Dallas Stars extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Jaromir Jagr, Ryan Garbutt, Brenden Dillon and Eric Nystrom scored for the Stars, who have won five of their last six.
Taylor Hall scored for the Oilers, who have lost six of seven.
Dallas had the best chance in the early going as Cody Eakin had a partial breakaway but was stopped by a nice pad save from Oilers starter Devan Dubnyk, who made 25 saves.
Edmonton got on the board first with seven minutes to play in the first period as Hall unleashed a deceptive off-stride wrist shot from the top of the circle that beat Lehtonen to the glove side.
The Stars tied the game on a fluke of a goal four minutes into the second period as a shot by Dillon caromed off the glass behind the net and hit Dubnyk in the back and bounced into the net.
The shots after 40 minutes favored the Oilers 27-18.
Dallas got another gift goal 44 seconds into the third period as a long shot by Nystrom hit an Edmonton stick on its way to the net and handcuffed Dubnyk to make it 2-1 for the Stars.
The Oilers had another good chance to score with six minutes to play on a power play but Lehtonen was once again there to rob Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with a glove save at the side of the net.
Dallas got an insurance goal while the teams were playing 4 on 4 as Jagr picked up a loose puck in the slot and spun around with a shot that beat Dubnyk. It was Jagr's fourth of the season.
The Stars put the game away for good with three minutes left to play as Garbutt was able to chip a shot past the Oilers goalie despite having defender Nick Shultz draped all over him.
Notes: The Stars have been incredibly successful against the Oilers since moving to Dallas, coming into the game with a 54-13-4-2 record against Edmonton. ... The Oilers made a surprise move before the game and decided to make veteran forward Ryan Smyth a healthy scratch. D Ryan Whitney was also benched for the third time in four games. .. The only significant injury for the Stars was forward Ray Whitney (foot) — on injured reserve and expected to miss four to six weeks.
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