Edmonton battles back to get point
Dallas Stars’ Chris Conner, right, celebrates as the puck bounces out of the net after Edmonton Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson gave up a goal to Dallas’ Jeff Halpern last night.
After seeing good starts negated by bad finishes in back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh and St. Louis, the Edmonton Oilers turned the tables against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center last night.
With Dwayne Roloson having to dig three pucks out of his net in the first nine minutes, the Oilers battled back and hung in long enough in Texas to get a point in a 5-4 overtime loss.
One when it looked like none.
“I’m not going to say we’re happy with the one point, but we obviously had a chance to win the hockey game,” assistant coach Rob Daum said. “We were down a goal three different times and we fought back.”
Having blown a 2-0 lead by allowing four third-period goals in a 4-2 loss to the Penguins before allowing three more in the final frame in a 4-3 loss to the Blues, the Oilers salvaged something thanks to Shawn Horcoff’s 14th of the season 10:36 into the third period.
Brenden Morrow got the winner for the Stars four minutes into overtime on the power play when he re-directed a puck past Mathieu Garon, who came on in relief for Roloson after he allowed three goals on six shots.
The teams combined for five goals in the opening 9:06, with Mike Ribeiro, Matt Niskanen and Mike Modano chasing Roloson in favour or Garon with the Stars up 3-2.
“It’s kind of fun,” Modano said of the torrid start to proceedings. “Five in goals in one period. It’s been awhile since we saw that … I think it was a little miscommunication defensively on both sides.”
Horcoff barely got enough of the puck on a feed from Dustin Penner to coax it behind Marty Turco midway through the third, but it trickled into the net to send the Oilers packing to St. Louis with something in their bags.
AROUND THE RINK
Sheldon Souray, out since Oct. 13 with a separated left shoulder, is on the trip and could make his return to the lineup against the Blues tonight … Captain Ethan Moreau, who had his cast removed last weekend, is also travelling with the team but isn’t expected to play before the Oilers return home.