Stars win in shootout after late blunder costs them lead

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Dallas Stars saved face in a game

they looked destined to squander.

Thanks to a bizarre gaffe, the Edmonton Oilers did, too.

Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen scored in a shootout as the

Dallas Stars overcame a late tying goal to beat the Edmonton Oilers

6-5 Thursday night.

Dallas rallied from 4-1 down with four unanswered goals, but

needed the shootout heroics after Ales Hemsky tied the game for

Edmonton with two seconds left in regulation. Hemsky's dramatic

goal came just moments after Stars forward Patrik Stefan lost

control of the puck in the Edmonton crease, with the Oilers net

empty in favour of an extra attacker.

"They may show it a million times for years to come," joked

Stefan. "I mean, we came out with the two points so it's easy to

laugh about it right now.

"It's not like I missed the net, I saw it was bad ice and I had

so much time so I just tried to carry it all the way to the net. As

soon as I put it on my back hand it jumped over my stick. Not much

I can do about that."

Jere Lehtinen, Phillippe Boucher, Niklas Hagman, Mathias

Tjarnqvist and Patrik Stefan had regulation goals for the Stars

(26-15-1), who ended a two-game losing streak.

Petr Nedved scored in his first game for Edmonton since being

picked up on waivers Tuesday from the Philadelphia Flyers. Hemsky,

Ryan Smyth, Joffrey Lupul and Shawn Horcoff also had goals for the

Oilers (19-18-3), who have lost nine of their last 12 games.

Oilers coach Craig MacTavish was happy to earn a point.

"We were bestowed upon a miracle at the end," said MacTavish.

"I have never seen anything like it. It's one of those moments in

hockey that you'll remember forever. It turned a disaster into a


Trailing 4-2 after 40 minutes, Dallas roared back to tie the

game with a pair of power-play goals just 32 seconds apart early in

the third. With the Stars enjoying a two-man advantage, Lehtinen

blasted in a slapshot from close range at 3:20.

Boucher made it 4-4 at 3:52, firing a shot over Oiler goalie

Dwayne Roloson's right shoulder.

The Stars had a chance to put the game away, but Patrik Stefan

fell as he skated in alone with the Oilers net empty for an extra

attacker. The Oilers regained possession, and Hemsky banged a loose

puck past Dallas netminder Marty Turco at 19:58 to stun the Stars

and force overtime.

"That was bizarre," said Dallas defenceman Darryl Sydor.

"Seconds left with an empty net and then it's down in our end and

tie game. I've never seen any thing like that and you probably

won't see anything like that again for a long time."

The Oilers kick off a three-game road trip on Friday in

Vancouver while the Stars travel to Calgary for a match on


Game notes
Nedved made his first appearance in an Oilers uniform since

leaving the team as an unrestricted free agent following the

2003-04 season. Tuesday marked the 18th anniversary of Nedved's

defection to Canada as a 17-year-old at a midget hockey tournament

in Calgary. ... Rookie Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid left the

game early in the first with a shoulder sprain and did not return.