The two teams came into the game after splitting the first two games of the season, with wins at the opponent’s home rink.
Dallas took away a win in Edmonton on November 16th, with Dickinson, Heiskanen, Seguin, and Benn all registering a goal and an assist.
Edmonton picked up their win exactly one month later, 2-1 in Dallas. Connor McDavid has registered four assists in the first two games played, and Art Ross Trophy front runner, Leon Draisaitl, notched two goals and an assist.
The two teams picked up a several minor penalties in the first period, as the Stars dominated the game in shots and time of possession. Several scrums broke out after whistles, and it was becoming apparent that the game would grow in physicality and aggressive play.
By the end of the period, Dallas out shot Edmonton 16-6, and it was clear that if play continued the way it was going, the Stars were going to blow the game wide open. However, the period ended scoreless.
Despite being dominated for the first half of the game, it would be the Oilers that opened the scoring up on the powerplay. A minor penalty to Alexander Radulov for cross checking resulted in a goal for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Minors continued to be called against the Stars, and fans responded accordingly with a chant of, “refs you suck!” This came just after Blake Comeau and Corey Perry‘s penalties. However, Edmonton was unable to convert on their opportunities.
Despite the shot total being in favor of Dallas 31-16, the period ended with Edmonton on top, 1-0.
John Klingberg would get the Stars tied at one after Athenasiou‘s second minor penalty of the game. Dallas won the faceoff in the zone, worked the puck around the outside from Radulov to Benn in the middle of the blue line, then over to Klingberg for a one timer goal, as the crowd erupted.
Edmonton’s Adam Larsson took an ill timed penalty with just under three minutes remaining in the game, to give Dallas the chance to win the game in regulation. Unfortunately the breakouts were extremely choppy, and the Stars were unable to capitalize.
Regulation ended with a goal aside, however, Dallas had out shot Edmonton 43-24.
A little over thirty seconds into the period, John Klingberg tripped up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as he made a slick move through the slot, as Khudobin made a gigantic save against Connor McDavid. Edmonton then used their time out.
Stephen Johns whiffed on the puck in the corner as he had an open chance to clear the puck, but Alex Chiasson stole the puck and fired one glove side on Khudobin.
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