EDMONTON -- Less than a week after the Dallas Stars waltzed into Edmonton and beat the Oilers in overtime, they marched back in and beat them again.
Like they usually do.
With only 15 wins in their last 74 games with Dallas, who didn't see yet another Oilers defeat coming from a mile away?
"They have some young hot talents with Eberle, Hall and Yakupov, so you know it's not going to be easy," said Dallas forward Jamie Benn. "So you have to slow them down a little bit, grind it out along the boards."
It worked. The Stars broke open a 1-1 game with three goals in the third, one early and two late, to post a 4-1 decision, shutting down Edmonton's vaunted collection of young scoring talent for their 28th win in 37 visits to Edmonton.
"We just wanted to slow the game down and commit to the things that have been winning us games," said Benn. "Things like getting the puck deep."
It started well enough for Edmonton, with Taylor Hall opening the scoring 12:59 into the first period when he let a wrist shot go in mid-stride and caught Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen flat-footed.
That stood up as the only goal of the first period, but only because of some great goaltending at both ends, with Devan Dubnyk and Lehtonen taking turns robbing the shooters on great scoring chances.
Dallas evened it in the second period on one of the flukiest goals Rexall Place has seen in some time. A Brenden Dillon point shot rose up off a stick, bounced off the end glass behind the net, hit Dubnyk between the numbers and bounced in.
The Stars went up 2-1 on another fluke, with Eric Nystrom's softie from the point banking in off Nugent-Hopkins arm, then Dubynk's head, then the post and in.
"Those are two of the most bizarre goals I've seen in a long time," said Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger. "The result is definitely painful to look at when you look at our execution."
Jaromir Jagr iced it with five minutes to go in the third, then Ryan Garbutt made it 4-1 for good measure.
"We thought we played well, we shouldn't be frustrated, we were all over them," said Eberle. "We had 36 shots. It's a game we definitely deserved to win. It's a positive that we outplayed them, but I don't think we deserved the fate that we got."
NOTES: Dallas, after playing in Edmonton last Wednesday, flew to Texas for one game before flying back to Edmonton for a rematch. ... Oilers coach Ralph Krueger made veteran Ryan Smyth a healthy scratch for the first time in his career, just a week after the no-nonsense bench boss made veteran defenseman Ryan Whitney a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. ... The Oilers put tough guy Darcy Hordichuk on waivers before sending him down to the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons. ... Dallas called forward Antoine Roussel from the AHL's Texas Stars. The 23-year-old has eight goals and 11 assists in Texas. ... Stars winger Jamie Benn has hit the ground running after his contract dispute. He scored goals in all three games of a three-game Dallas win streak and has seven points in seven games.