Stars 7, Oilers 3
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ The Edmonton Oilers gave Dallas plenty of chances, and the Stars took advantage.
The Stars scored five consecutive goals, three on power plays, and beat Edmonton 7-3 Sunday night.
``They’re a team that really pushes hard and what we did was make the good, smart plays and that seemed to open the ice up for us,″ said Greg Adams, who had two goals and two assists.
Rookie Jamie Langenbrunner also scored two goals for Dallas.
Dallas scored three times on five power-play opportunities while Edmonton was 1-5. The Stars improved their Central Division-leading record to 13-5-1 while the Oilers, who have lost seven of their last 11 games, dropped to 9-11.
``It was a solid 60-minute effort for us,″ said Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock, an Edmonton native. ``We kept our pursuit up and we didn’t get caught very many times chasing the Oilers back to the net.
``We created a lot of turnovers because we were in the right position defensively and we took full advantage of them,″ he said.
The outcome was not in doubt after the second period, during which Dallas outscored Edmonton 19-4 for a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes.
``We had some great chances in the first period, but after that I don’t think we had three,″ Edmonton coach Ron Low said. ``Our penalty killing really fell apart tonight.″
Pat Verbeek gave the Stars a 1-0 lead just 2:03 into the game when his long slapshot eluded Edmonton goaltender Curtis Joseph.
After Ryan Smyth tied the game on a power play, Adams and Langenbrunner restored the Dallas advantage. Adams knocked in a goal-mouth pass from Verbeek as the Stars had the Edmonton defense scrambling in its own end. Langenbrunner scored his fifth goal when he took a Dave Reid pass in the slot and ripped a shot past Joseph.
Brent Gilchrist outworked Edmonton defenseman Luke Richardson along the boards, moved out front of the net and flipped the puck behind Joseph to give Dallas a 4-1 lead.
Adams got his second goal 1:20 later. Left uncovered in front of the Edmonton net, Adams banged in a rebound off a Mike Modano shot.
The Stars’ power play connected for the third time when Langenbrunner scored his second of the game on a set-up by Modano.
Doug Weight ended the Dallas domination of the second period when he scored with 46 seconds left. Smyth collected his third point of the game when he assisted on Boris Mironov’s goal midway through the third period. Jere Lehitnen put the finishing touches on the Dallas victory with a goal late in the third period.