Two goals allowed in 24 seconds was the Edmonton Oilers’ undoing.
Roope Hintz and Denis Gurianov scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in that short time span late in the third period as the Dallas Stars picked up an eventful 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena.
“Two good hockey teams that went punch for punch there,” Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said after the game.
The Oilers played a strong first period and took the lead when Kailer Yamamoto deflected Evan Bouchard’s point shot past Stars netminder Jake Oettinger. It was Yamamoto’s 17 goal of the season and his sixth in the last seven games.
The Stars jumped ahead with two goals 1:20 apart in the second. Jason Roberston took a pass from Jamie Benn and recorded his 31st, then Joe Pavelski tapped in a power-play rebound.
Dallas looked to add to the lead, but Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen came up with several big saves, including an extended pad stop on Benn. Less than a minute after that, Koskinen denied Benn on a breakaway.
With Devin Shore in the penalty box in the third, Oilers captain Connor McDavid set up Evander Kane for a shorthanded goal. Shore came out of the box and set up Draisaitl for his 42nd, giving the Oilers two goals in 43 seconds.
Dallas came back with goals 24 seconds apart. Hintz scored on a breakaway, then Gurianov converted a pass from Tyler Seguin to make it 4-3 Stars with 4:58 to go. Seguin added a late empty-netter.
“We’d like to have that last six minutes or so back,” Woodcroft acquiesced. “Not our finest hour.”
The Oilers (35-24-5) will host San Jose on Thursday.
–With files from David Boles, 630 CHED
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