The Edmonton Oilers fell behind early and couldn’t recover, losing 3-2 to the Dallas Stars Friday night at Rogers Place.
Former Oiler Lauri Korpikoski opened the scoring just 28 seconds into the game, taking advantage of an Oilers turnover. Patrick Maroon replied just over three minutes later, converting the rebound off a Jordan Eberle shot. It was Maroon’s team-leading sixth goal. However, the Stars regained the lead just 1:14 later on a goal by Patrick Eaves. Tyler Pitlick pulled the Oilers even again with his fifth of the year with 28.4 seconds left in the period.
The Oilers controlled most of the second period, but Dallas got the only goal of the frame from Antoine Roussel at the 15:00 mark.
In the third, the Oilers pressed for the tying goal but couldn’t beat Kari Lehtonen, who finished with 40 saves. The Oilers pulled goalie Cam Talbot with 1:53 left and created numerous goal mouth scrambles but couldn’t find the tying goal.
Head Coach Todd McLellan says Dallas earned it.
“Give Dallas credit. Now, flip it over. Sleepy team. Weren’t ready to go right off the bat. I think we did a lot of watching and then reacting instead of anticipating. Finally got it later on in the game, but they checked well and their goaltender gave them a chance to win.”
The Oilers fall to 9-5-1 on the season, suffering back-to-back regulation time losses for the first time. They’ll host the New York Rangers on Sunday night. (jrw)