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Roloson, Souray help Oilers trounce Stars

Jan 4, 2009 - 7:18 AM
EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Dwayne Roloson made 39 saves and defenseman Sheldon Souray recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday in the opener of a five-game homestand.

Dustin Penner, Erik Cole and Andrew Cogliano also scored and Shawn Horcoff collected a pair of assists for the Oilers, who snapped a two-game slide.

"We need to come out every night and show the same kind of enthusiasm that we showed tonight," Cole said. "Especially at the start of this homestand. This is a key stretch of games for us to start building something and put some wins together, especially coming off our last two losses."

"We've had our ups and downs in this building," Roloson said. "But we played a complete team game, and it's great for us to start off this homestand the way we did."

Cole got Edmonton on the board with his seventh goal at 8:41 of the first period, and Souray's tally 56 seconds later proved to be the game-winner.

"We got off to a great start tonight and moved the puck really well," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "There were some great individual performances and guys that are elevating their games. More guys are contributing offensively than what we have had. It was a great start to the new year."

James Neal netted the lone goal for the Stars, who failed to capitalized on five power-play opportunities.

"We focused on the penalty kill in meetings and went over it in almost a school atmosphere," Penner said. "A lot of questions were asked, and a lot of answers were given."

The Oilers came out setting a physical tone, with two fights breaking out in the first eight minutes.

"Early on, we weren't even close (to matching them physically)," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "We gave up two goals that started from behind their net - that's 200 feet away. We give up two soft goals early and you get chasing the game and that's... Once we got our legs under us, Roloson was very good, but not enough push from our side tonight."

Dallas' Krys Barch drew the ire of both Zack Stortini and defenseman Jason Strudwick and got to choose between the two. Barch went with Strudwick for a prolonged bout 3:07 into the game.

The normally reserved Penner was the next Edmonton player to drop his gloves, throwing a few quick shots at Landon Wilson before taking him down to the ice at 8:07.

"When he is emotionally invested in the game, that's the impact he can have," MacTavish said of Penner. "The way he played it, he was a wrecking machine in many ways. He played really well for us."

The fights seemed to spark the Oilers, who scored twice in less than a minute after Penner took his seat in the penalty box. Cole continued to rediscover his offensive touch, beating Marty Turco to the glove side with a wrist shot at 8:41.

Souray's breakaway goal at 9:37 made it 2-0. The defenseman took a feed from Horcoff and skated in on Turco before putting a wrist shot past the goaltender for his 12th tally of the season.

"It's hard. These are the games that are really important for us, but we didn't show up and we let them get a lead," Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas said. "They played a good game, you've got to give them credit, but we didn't do the things that we did well against Jersey (in a 4-2 win on Wednesday), the things that made us successful. We didn't win the 1-on-1 battles, and that's what happened. You can't expect to win hockey games when you don't win 1-on-1 battles."

Wilson did not return to the ice at the start of the second period following his battle with Penner. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday.

Working the power play, Penner pushed the lead to 3-0 at 7:23 of the second. Souray's slap shot from the blue line hit the goalpost, bounced off Turco's back and landed on Penner's stick, giving him a vacant net at which to shoot for his 10th of the season.

"This is a game that if we're going to be a good team, we have to bring the consistency every night, and this is a slap in the face for our team," Tippett said. "We didn't compete hard enough, our top players right through to the bottom of our lineup. We didn't push this game hard enough. We should have looked at this game like a playoff game almost, and we didn't do enough to win the game."

Having set up Souray for the slap shot, Horcoff picked up his 200th career assist on the play.






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    Stars 1, Oilers 4  FinalJan 4 3:08 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 1 0 1
    EDMONTON 2 1 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: EDM - ERIK COLE 7 (SAM GAGNER, LUBOMIR VISNOVSKY) 8:41
    EDM - SHELDON SOURAY 12 (SHAWN HORCOFF, LIAM REDDOX) 9:37
    2ND PRD: EDM - (PP) DUSTIN PENNER 10 (SHELDON SOURAY, SHAWN HORCOFF)
    7:23
    DAL - JAMES NEAL 13 (ANDREW H

    Jan 4 12:34 AM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 1
    EDMONTON 4
    3RD PRD: EDM - (PP) ANDREW COGLIANO 11 (ROBERT NILSSON, SAM GAGNER)
    14:44

    Stars 1, Oilers 4  3rd - 5:16Jan 4 12:26 AM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 1 1
    EDMONTON 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: EDM - ERIK COLE 7 (SAM GAGNER, LUBOMIR VISNOVSKY) 8:41
    EDM - SHELDON SOURAY 12 (SHAWN HORCOFF, LIAM REDDOX) 9:37
    2ND PRD: EDM - (PP) DUSTIN PENNER 10 (SHELDON SOURAY, SHAWN HORCOFF)
    7:23
    DAL - JAMES NEAL

    Jan 3 11:49 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 1
    EDMONTON 3
    2ND PRD: DAL - JAMES NEAL 13 (ANDREW HUTCHINSON) 17:46

    Stars 1, Oilers 3  2nd - 2:14Jan 3 11:40 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 0
    EDMONTON 3
    2ND PRD: EDM - (PP) DUSTIN PENNER 10 (SHELDON SOURAY, SHAWN HORCOFF)
    7:23

    Stars 0, Oilers 3  2nd - 12:37Jan 3 11:21 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 0
    EDMONTON 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: EDM - ERIK COLE 7 (SAM GAGNER, LUBOMIR VISNOVSKY) 8:41
    EDM - SHELDON SOURAY 12 (SHAWN HORCOFF, LIAM REDDOX) 9:37
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DAL 12 12
    E

    Jan 3 10:49 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 0
    EDMONTON 2
    1ST PRD: EDM - SHELDON SOURAY 12 (UNASSISTED) 9:37

    Stars 0, Oilers 2  1st - 10:23Jan 3 10:29 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 0
    EDMONTON 1
    1ST PRD: EDM - ERIK COLE 7 (SAM GAGNER, LUBOMIR VISNOVSKY) 8:41

    Stars 0, Oilers 1  1st - 11:19Jan 3 10:28 PM