Stars snap 6-game skid with 5-2 win over Oilers
- Associated Press
- January 14, 2014 - 11:00 PM
DALLAS — Ryan Garbutt had a goal and two assists, and the Dallas Stars snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Jamie Benn scored a rare power-play goal for the Stars, who had not won since New Year's Eve. They entered 29th in the NHL with the man advantage.
Benn also assisted on the first goal of the game by Erik Cole, just 14 seconds in. Cody Eakin and Trevor Daley each had a goal and an assist for Dallas, which built a 4-1 lead 1:10 into the second period.
The final Stars goal came on Daley's shot into an empty net in the last minute.
Justin Schultz and Sam Gagner scored for Edmonton, with Taylor Hall assisting on both goals.
After the opening faceoff, Daley skated in from the left side, drawing goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's attention. Daley then passed across to Cole, who swept the puck into the open right side.
Edmonton tied it at 3:20. Hall passed to Schultz in the lower right circle. He skated across the front of the net and flipped the puck over Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen.
Garbutt's third goal in two home games against Edmonton gave the Stars a 2-1 lead at 8:35 of the first.
Benn's power-play goal followed less than 2 minutes later.
Tyler Seguin passed from the top of the right circle to Benn on the left. His drive beat Bryzgalov.
It was only the seventh goal at home with a man advantage in 81 opportunities for Dallas this season. Overall, the Stars entered with a 12.4 percent success rate (20 for 161).
Dallas' fourth goal came at 1:10 of the second by Eakin. Antoine Roussel sent a centering pass to Eakin from the right corner.
The Oilers controlled play for most of the second period but came away only with Gagner's goal. He got the puck in the crease after Lehtonen got tangled up with Daley.
NOTES: Benn's goal was his 16th, and third on the power play. ... Hall's two assists gave him seven points (five goals, two assists) in the last six games. ... Dallas' Ray Whitney played in his 1,300th NHL game. ... The last time the Stars lost seven in a row was in March 2009.
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