Stars 3, Oilers 0

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Dallas Stars had the Edmonton Oilers right where they wanted them -- at Rexall Place.
With the last-place Oilers a meager 1-5 at home after getting outscored 17-2 in their previous four home games, the Stars had nothing to fear about rolling into Edmonton, where they handed the Oilers their third consecutive shutout loss at home.
The Stars led 1-0 after 40 minutes and added two empty-netters for a 3-0 victory Wednesday.
While the season is all but over for the 4-14-2 Oilers -- they are 14 points and seven teams out of a playoff spot -- the Stars (9-7-2) still have hope. Dallas improved to 4-1-1 in its past five games.
The Oilers, playing five of the next six at Rexall Place, came out like a team trying very hard to reverse its fortunes at home. They had plenty of jump and generated several five-star chances but came up empty.
In the first period, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (22 saves) robbed right winger Jordan Eberle with a glove save, and Edmonton center Sam Gagner hit the crossbar instead of the open corner of the net. Oilers right winger Nail Yakupov got to tee one up from about 25 feet out, but he didn't get great wood on it. The opening period ended scoreless.
Edmonton had a 5-on-3 for 1:31 early in the second period but only got three shots away and came up empty. The Oilers' power play went 0-for-5 over the first 40 minutes.
Dallas scored the only goal of the second period when center Rich Peverley jumped on a rebound outside the crease and put the puck over goalie Devan Dubnyk's shoulder at 10:35.
Dallas had a chance to put the game away in the third, with a 72-second, 5-on-3 advantage, but the Oilers escaped. The Stars missed another opportunity when right winger Valeri Nichushkin missed on a penalty shot with 3:10 left.
However, there was no avoiding the final kill shots: Center Tyler Seguin scored into an empty net with 52 seconds left, and left winger Antoine Roussel added another empty-netter with 14 seconds to go.
Dubnyk finished with 23 saves.
NOTES: Dallas LW Ray Whitney was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury suffered Saturday against Chicago. The Stars called up F Travis Morin from their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, to help fill the void. Morin, 29, led the AHL with 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists). ... Oilers D Justin Schultz remains sidelined with groin and rib issues. He missed his fifth game. ... G Ilya Bryzgalov, a controversial signing the Oilers hope will help shore up their goaltending woes, is in the AHL trying to shake the rust off before he joins Edmonton. He has been idle for months. ... Recently recalled D Corey Potter took Taylor Fedun's place on the Oilers' blue line. ... Wednesday's game marked the first game back in Edmonton for former Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff, as well as the third head-to-head game between Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin, the first and second picks from the 2010 draft.

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