Ilya Bryzgalov got the start Sunday in part because his family had flown in from New Jersey to be with him. The Oilers might want to consider flying them in more often. Prior to being run over by Ryan Garbutt and forced to leave, Bryzgalov kept the Oilers in the game, allowing them to hang around and eventually pull out a 3-2 shootout win. Bryzgalov was knocked out of the game with just under four minutes left in the second period and Devan Dubnyk picked up where he had left off. “It’s one of those games when your goaltending is good, it allows you to hang around in the game,” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. “We were allowed to hang around and finally get our feet underneath us and get some pressure on them. “It was real good stuff by both our goalies tonight, they could have easily been first and second stars or second and third star, which probably would have been a first in the NHL.” Bryzgalov kept the Oilers in a contest they probably didn’t have any business being in. The Oilers were out-shot 18-9 in the first period and 45-32 overall. Along with knocking Bryzgalov out of the game, Garbutt scored both goals for the Stars. Ales Hemsky and Andrew Ference scored for the Oilers in regulation, while Jordan Eberle and David Perron added shootout goals. “It was far from perfect and far from the level that we want to play at,” said Ference. “But we eked it out and I think we played a little more solid defensively. We gave them a lot of shots, but our goalies played well and made some huge saves on some of the opportunities we did give them … It was good to find a way to win, it’s something that we haven’t had enough of this year.” Coming in to their final game of a three game trip off a full days’ rest, the Oilers had some jump early. They were awarded a couple of power plays because the Stars couldn’t count and took back-to-back, too-many-men penalties. However, the Oilers could barely manage to generate shots, much less score goals. Garbutt opened the scoring, short-handed, in the second period. The Oilers tied the game with five seconds left in the period after some good fore-checking by Ryan Jones, who went in and plastered Alex Chiasson into the boards. Jones then threw the puck to the front of the net, where Ales Hemsky eventually put it past Stars goalie, Kari Lehtonen.
Oilers win shootout in Dallas, 3-2
Edmonton Sun | Dec 2