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Oilers too slick for Stars: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads Edmonton to 3-1 win over Dallas in Game 5

The Edmonton Oilers are one victory from the Stanley Cup final.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored two power-play goals as Edmonton smothered the Dallas Stars 3-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the NHL’s Western Conference final on Friday.

Philip Broberg had the other goal for Edmonton. Stuart Skinner made 19 saves. Evan Bouchard added two assists.

Wyatt Johnston replied for Dallas, which has lost two in a row and now faces elimination after leading the best-of-seven series 2-1. Jake Oettinger stopped 23 shots.

Stars defenceman Chris Tanev suited up after taking a shot off his right foot in the second period of Game 4.

The Oilers, who last made the final in 2006 and last hoisted hockey’s holy grail in 1990, can close things out Sunday in Edmonton. Game 7, if necessary, would be Tuesday back in Dallas.

The winner of Game 5 when a best-of-seven matchup is tied 2-2 has gone on to win 78.8 per cent of the time (231-62), including 50-15 (.769) when the matchup is immediately before the final.

Nugent-Hopkins scored the first power-play goal of the series at 14:09 of the opening period. Bouchard’s one-timer was blocked by Tanev, but the puck popped right to the longest-serving Oilers player at the side of the net for him to swat home his fifth of the post-season.

The Stars were short-handed after Ryan Suter was whistled for roughing on Edmonton captain Connor McDavid — a call that had the veteran defenceman fuming.

Two hockey players battle for the puck.
Dallas Stars’ Logan Stankoven (11) and Edmonton Oilers’ Mattias Janmark (13) compete for the puck during the third period of Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Friday. (Julio Cortez/The Associated Press)

Dallas got a chance on the man advantage when Edmonton was caught with too many men on the ice, but the visitors’ stout penalty kill doused a 24th straight infraction dating back to Game 4 of the second round against the Vancouver Canucks.

Corey Perry went to the Oilers locker room earlier in the period favouring his right shoulder after a hard check on fellow 39-year-old forward Joe Pavelski, but returned in the second.

Edmonton made it 2-0 on another power play 66 seconds into the second when Bouchard and Leon Draisaitl combined to find a streaking Nugent-Hopkins, who ripped a shot off the post inside a stunned American Airlines Center.

The Oilers went up by three 4:03 later when Broberg — inserted into the lineup in Game 4 — blasted his first through a crowd on Oettinger.

Dallas got a bit of life after finally killing of an Edmonton man advantage, but the visitors fended off a 25th straight short-handed opportunity late in the period thanks to a couple good Skinner stops on Seguin and Johnston.

The Oilers goaltender then made a big saves Logan Stankoven, Matt Duchene and Sam Steel in the third to keep the Stars off the scoreboard before Johnston broke the shutout bid with his 10th on a deflection at 14:09, but Edmonton would hold onto and will head home up 3-2.

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