Game Review – 12/03/08 (DAL at EDM)

by Chelsea


Puck dropped in Edmonton at 8:30PM CT. Oilers looking for a revenge win, Stars looking for a win streak.

Scoring opened 1:11 into the first with a Shawn Horcoff shot from 40 feet back that Matt Niskanen accidentally deflected in trying to help block it. Assists went to Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky.

Loui Eriksson got a tripping penalty at 11:35, but the Oilers did not score.

They didn’t score on Mark Parrish’s hooking penalty at 14:32 either.

Instead, they waited until the Landon Wilson hooking at 18:59.

At 19:48, Lubomir Visnovsky shot from the line, getting another soft goal in on Turco. Andrew Cogliano and Dustin Penner got assists.

First period ended 2-0 in favor of Edmonton.

Second period started poorly as well.

3:41 and Stars were in a 3-0 hole when Marc Pouliot got the puck under Turco as he attempted to stack the pads. Fruity Pebbles and Visnovsky got the assists.

Liam Reddox (8:51, interference on goalkeeper), Mike Modano (13:06, hi sticking), and Schremp (18:41, hooking) all got penalties, but neither team capitalized on the consequential power plays.

Second period ended 3-0 Oilers.

Third started with improvement.

An opportunity opened up 1:07 in the third when Fabian Brunnstrom provided Mike Modano with a rebound that he quickly made the best of. 3-1, Chris Conner getting the second assist.

Wilson (6:11, interference on goalkeeper), Schremp (8:35, too many men/ice), and Kyle Brodziak (12:59, tripping) all offered up wasted PP chances.

Modano scored again at 18:20, tipping in a shot from Toby Petersen. Darryl Sydor got the second assists.

One goal down, Turco headed to the bench. Unfortunately, Niskanen had a very unfortunate turnover on the Stars blue line that Trevor Daley stared at rather than helping out with, leading to a big empty net goal by Ales Hemsky.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Turco returned to his crease with a minute to play and managed to let in a fifth goal. This one came at 19:47 from Cogliano, with assists by Sam Gagner and Sheldon Souray.

5-2 Oilers final.


  • Three game stars, in order: Visnovsky, Horcoff, Modano
  • Turco sported a paltry .809 sv% and let in 4 goals.
  • James Neal and Mike Ribeiro each ended the game -3.
  • Modano led the team in SOG with 7.
  • Matt Niskanen had a pretty bad game, with 4 turnovers.
  • Stars outshot the Oilers (25-22), but were outhit (9-6) and beat in the faceoff circle (57%-43%).
  • Conclusion: The Stars were mentally and physically exhausted, having had their fair share of player controversy in the past few days and playing in their second contest in as many nights. On top of it all, a good number of key players were still out of the lineup. While it would have been a much-needed win, it was also a fairly forgivable loss.

SHR +/-:

Nicklas Grossman: one for leading in blocked shots; +1
Matt Niskanen: minus-one for leading in giveaways and minus-two for the goals he was partially responsible for; -3
Mike Modano: three for each goal and one for leading the attempted comeback; +7
Toby Petersen: two for the assist; +2
James Neal: minus-one for the -3; -1
Landon Wilson: minus-one for more stupid penalties; -1
Chris Conner: two for the assist; +2
Andrew Hutchinson: one for being the only D to end in the +/- positive with +1; +1
Marty Turco: minus-two for being so easy to score on; -2
Darryl Sydor: two for the assist; +2
Mike Ribiero: minus-one for the -3, minus-one for the giveaways, but one for the takeaways; -1
Brad Richards: minus-one for stinking at faceoffs; -1
Fabian Brunnstrom: two for the assist; +2


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