DALLAS -- For a team that hadn't won at American Airlines Center in over six years, the Edmonton Oilers ended a winless streak on Dallas home ice that had reached 11 games in style with a 5-1 win over the Dallas Stars before 17,004 fans on Thursday night.
The Oilers got a goal and two assists from Ales Hemsky while Jeff Petry contributed a goal and an assist and Jordan Eberle two assists. Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk stopped 33 of 34 shots he faced in his first start since Feb. 21 against Minnesota.
Edmonton wasted little time in jumping on the Stars, taking a 1-0 lead just 1:13 in when Sam Gagner beat Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who was making his first start after missing five games with a groin injury, with a 28-foot wrister for his sixth goal of the year.
At 13:52 of the first period, the Oilers then doubled their advantage when rookie Justin Schultz took a well-executed pass between Dallas' Brenden Dillon and Reilly Smith and flicked a 10-foot wrister into the right side of the Stars net to make it 2-0.
In the final moments of a penalty-filled second period, Petry flung a backhand toward the Dallas goal from the left side of the ice that struck Lehtonen's stick and then careened off Stars defenseman Trevor Daley before sailing over Lehtonen on the glove side, giving the visitors a three-goal lead heading into the second intermission.
However, the Oilers were far from done up 3-0. After Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas earned a hooking penalty just 12 seconds into the final period, Edmonton converted on the power play when Hemsky beat Lehtonen top shelf with a 25-foot wrister from the high slot just 50 seconds into the final frame, making it 4-0.
And at the 11:37 mark of the third, Ben Eager got on the score sheet for the Oilers, notching his first goal of the year, coming off a 40-foot snap from the right face-off circle after a perfect pass from Lennart Petrell.
Dallas did find the back of the net with 5:55 remaining when Jaromir Jagr drilled a 38-foot slapper for his sixth goal of the year to make it 5-1 but it was clear early on that this was just not the Stars' night.
The Oilers finished the game with five healthy defensemen after Corey Potter left the game late in the first period with a head injury after being boarded by Dallas' Eric Nystrom. Edmonton had been down to four defensemen when Ladislav Smid was off the ice but he returned in the third period.
Lehtonen stopped just 33 of the 38 shots he faced.
Things got pretty ugly late when Dallas' Jamie Benn earned a game misconduct with 4:00 left for crosschecking the Oilers' Ryan Jones in the back.
Both teams will next face St. Louis with the Oilers continuing their nine-game road trip in the Gateway City on Friday while the Stars will host the Blues on Sunday afternoon.
NOTES: Oilers defenseman Mark Fistric, who was traded from Dallas to Edmonton in January, made his first home appearance against his former club since the trade. Fistric appeared in 257 games for the Stars between 2007 and 2012. ... Dallas left winger Erik Cole made his Stars debut and wore No. 72 after being acquired in a trade with Montreal on Tuesday. Cole skated on Dallas' third line alongside Cody Eakin and Reilly Smith. ... Tonight's game was the second for the Oilers in their nine-game road trip. ... The Stars are 29-4-3 all-time against Edmonton at home since moving from Minnesota in 1993. Dallas has also won six straight against the Oilers and hasn't lost to Edmonton in regulation since 2006. ... Devan Dubnyk started in goal for the Oilers for the first time since Feb. 21, when he stopped 25 of 28 shots in a loss to the Wild.