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Oilers battle back from early deficit to beat Stars 5-2 to tie in West final | NanaimoNewsNOW

With the game tied at 2-2 after a back-and-forth first period, Edmonton took its first lead at 14:31 of the second period when Janmark took a pass from Connor Brown on a short-handed 2-on-1 and put it ahead buried his second. goal of the playoffs to send Rogers Place into a frenzy.

Draisaitl doubled the Oilers’ lead 51 seconds later when he connected with Zach Hyman, who had an earlier breakaway stopped, on a give-and-go on the rush for his 10th.

Skinner made a big stop on Evgenii Dadonov with the rink still buzzing to keep Edmonton at 4-2 for 40 minutes.

Dallas came out with energy to start the third, but unlike Monday when the Oilers had no answer, this time Edmonton was able to weather the storm.

The Stars got their second power play with eight minutes left in regulation time, but the Oilers killed their 23rd straight penalty before Ekholm scored his fourth to pick up the franchise’s first home victory in the conference finals since May 23, 2006.

Edmonton made three lineup changes as defenseman Philip Broberg joined McLeod and fellow forward Corey Perry in the lineup ahead of Vincent Desharnais, Warren Foegele and Sam Carrick.

The move to use the fleet-footed Broberg came as Dallas had stretched the Oilers’ structure through the first three games by sending forwards out of the defensive zone in hopes of a quick transition.

The changes didn’t have the desired effect early on as Edmonton, which squandered a 2-0 lead in Game 3 before losing 5-3, came out flat to start the first.

Johnston scored his ninth in just 58 seconds when he fired the first shot of the game past Skinner’s glove on a 2-on-1. Lindell made it 2-0 at 5:29 with his third goal of the playoffs.

Skinner had to be sharp on a Tyler Seguin chance moments later, otherwise the Oilers would have been three behind.

The crowd cheered sarcastically for the home team when Edmonton finally registered its first shot just over eight minutes into the match.

McLeod breathed new life into the Oilers at 1:30 p.m. when he lofted a loose puck for his first point of the playoffs after Oettinger couldn’t force Perry’s first shot.

Bouchard leveled just 2:47 later when the Stars goalkeeper could only put McDavid’s first attempt into the slot for the defenseman to score his sixth.

Edmonton’s power play, which had yet to connect in the series that started Monday, had a chance late in the period and had some great looks, including a McDavid redirection that was thwarted by Oettinger’s errant goal stick that fell into the crease lay after it was hit. from his grasp.


Star defenseman Chris Tanev (lower body injury) left in the second period and did not return.


Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse, who entered Wednesday’s playoffs a career-worst minus-12, was backed up by McDavid before Game 4.

“A big part of our room,” he said. “Gives us everything he has.”


Desharnais was a healthy scratch on his 28th birthday. The hulking blueliner, who hit the post in the third period of Game 3, has one assist in 15 playoff appearances this spring.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2024.


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Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press