Oilers' Dubnyk earns SO win over Stars in relief

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm •  Published: December 1, 2013
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DALLAS (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers made the most of limited offense and both parts of their goalie tandem.

Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored in the shootout, and Devan Dubnyk come on in relief of injured goalie Ilya Bryzgalov in the Oilers' 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.

"It's nice to get a win," Perron said, "mostly with the shot total that was tonight (Dallas 45, Edmonton 32). We greased one out."

Dubnyk stopped two of three shots in the tiebreaker. Dallas' Kari Lehtonen failed to make a save in the shootout after stopping 30 shots through the first 65 minutes.

"Things weren't really going our way for the first half of the game, so you knew there was going to be some shots," Dubnyk said. "I thought we responded pretty good to it."

Edmonton's Ales Hemsky scored 5 seconds before the second period ended, and Andrew Ference fired in a slap shot with 5:07 remaining in regulation to tie it again.

Ryan Garbutt scored two goals, including a short-handed tally that gave Dallas a 1-0 lead in the second period. He also put the Stars ahead in the third.

"It's obviously pretty important to have good shootouts," Garbutt said. "We've had (Rich) Peverley scoring goals in the last two games, but we need more guys stepping up when we've got the opportunity."

Garbutt nearly had a hat trick but he was stopped on a breakaway attempt by Bryzgalov with 3:41 left in the second. Garbutt collided with Bryzgalov, who left with an upper-body injury and didn't return.

"That line and (Garbutt) have played well," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said. "He had eight shots and he skated well. He could have had four goals tonight. He's creating them himself with his speed."

Bryzgalov, who made 28 saves, trailed 1-0 when he came out.

Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins praised both of his goalies.

"Both those guys, and especially (Dubnyk) coming in the way he did, they were a real catalyst for our team," he said. "To come in off the bench, it's never easy. You've been sitting there for a long time, and then to make especially those saves in tight, that kept us going.

"When your goaltending's good it allows you to hang around in the game. They could have easily been first or second stars or second and third, which would have been maybe a first in the NHL."

The Oilers improved to 2-1 in shootouts. The Stars dropped to 3-3, including two straight losses in the tiebreaker.

Ruff said there was a difference between Friday's 2-1 loss to Chicago, which owns the NHL's best record, and Sunday's defeat against the seventh-place team in the Pacific Division.