The Dallas Stars set a franchise record with their eighth straight road win Thursday as they defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Jamie Benn, Mike Ribeiro, James Neal and Adam Burish scored goals for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 of 32 shots. The Stars, who have won five in a row overall and have points in eight straight games (7-0-1), now have 14 road victories this season, which matches their total for all of last season.
“They had us on our heels, and you need your goalie to be good if that happens. Our goalie was very good early and gave us a chance to get our act together in the second period. We were better in the second period, but they made a push at the end of the period and got back in it. I thought in the third period we did bear down. We didn’t make very many mistakes in the third period, and when you do that, you kind of clamp things down as much as you can clamp things down in today’s NHL.” -- Stars coach Marc Crawford
“He’s been there to back us up the whole year. He’s a great goalie and he definitely did a hell of a job tonight." -- Stars forward Jamie Benn on goaltender Kari Lehtonen
*The Stars have won five straight games, have points in eight straight (7-0-1) and have won a franchise-record eight straight on the road.
*The Stars have allowed just 12 goals during their eight-game points streak and have not allowed more than two goals in any of those games.
*Kari Lehtonen is 6-0-1 in his past seven starts with a 1.71 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage.
*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and now are 7-13 on the PP over their past three games.
*The Stars were 4-4 on the penalty kill and now are 14-14 on the PK over their past five games.
*Mike Ribeiro ran his points streak to 10 games (4 goals, 8 assists).
*Jamie Benn has points in five straight games (4 goals, 4 assists).
*James Neal has six goals in his past eight games.
Scratches: Gagnon, Wathier
Injured: Petersen (leg), Niskanen (hand)
Power play units
Penalty kill units
The Oilers came out with a strong push and controlled play early, but when the period ended, it was a 1-1 game.
The Stars took the lead at the 11:40 mark. After Steve Ott made a play along the boards to get the puck out of the Stars' zone and into the neutral zone, Adam Burish chipped the puck to Jamie Benn, who broke in on net, pulled Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin out of position and slipped the puck by him with one hand.
The Stars got a power play a short time later, but the Oilers got two short-handed chances and scored on the second one when an Andrew Cogliano shot rebounded off the skate of Ryan Jones and past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen at the 12:51 mark.
The Oilers ended up with a 15-9 shots advantage after one period.
The Stars' scratches were Matt Niskanen, Aaron Gagnon and Francis Wathier.
The second period was a better one for the Stars, who got a nice glove save from Kari Lehtonen on Sam Gagner early in the period and then controlled play for most of the period.
The Stars scored the first of their two goals in the period at the 6:26 mark. Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro forced a turnover in the neutral zone, and then Ribeiro finished off a give-and-go with Nicklas Grossman off the rush to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.
Dallas extended the lead to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 12:51 of the period. Jamie Benn skated into the Oilers' zone, made his way into the left circle and sent a pass to James Neal, who scored from the slot.
But the Oilers pushed back hard later in the period and cut into the lead when Jeff Petry scored off a shot from the left point with 1:08 left in the period to make it a 3-2 game.
The Stars limited the Oilers to four shots on goal in the third period, and Adam Burish scored an empty-net goal with one second remaining to make it a 4-2 final score.