EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Dallas has had little trouble winning in Edmonton over the last few years, so the last thing the Oilers needed was to surrender a couple of fluke goals as well.
Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves and Brenden Dillon and Eric Nystrom both scored strange goals as the Dallas Stars extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-1 victory over the Oilers on Tuesday.
"We got two pretty lucky goals today, just amazing bounces," said Lehtonen of his team's first two goals. "(Oilers goalie Devan) Dubnyk was playing great. He had a shutout going on in my mind until the last two goals.
"He had no business having those first two go in on him."
The Stars tied the game 1-1 four minutes into the second period as a shot by Dillon caromed off a stick and then the glass behind the net and hit Dubnyk in the back and bounced into the goal.
"It was a weird play... it happens," Dubnyk said. "There is nothing I can do about it."
Both teams had some very good scoring chances in the second, the best one coming at the end when Jordan Eberle made a nice deke on the power play that Lehtonen was barely able to deflect with his toe.
Dallas got another gift goal just 44 seconds into the third period as a long shot by Nystrom hit the hand of one of the Oilers on its way to the net, then appeared to strike Dubnyk in the mask before hitting the post and going in to make it 2-1 for the Stars.
Jaromir Jagr and Ryan Garbutt also scored for Dallas, which has won five of its last six games overall.
The Stars have been incredibly successful against the Oilers since moving to Dallas, now holding a 55-13-4-2 record against Edmonton.
"It's up to us how well we do," Jagr said. "I don't think we have the kind of team that can allow itself to play up and down hockey. We are a good cycling team and we have the goaltending. Some of our games aren't going to be pretty, but as long as we win it is fine."
Taylor Hall replied for the Oilers, who have lost six of their last seven.
Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said it was a case of some awful luck erasing what was otherwise a good effort.
"Those first two goals were two of the most bizarre goals I've seen in a long time and back to back that way was tough for us to swallow," he said. "The result was painful to look at when you look at our execution for most of the game. For the first two periods it looked like we were going to have our first real 60-minute game of the season. That second goal seemed to deflate us.