Friday night’s preseason finale was a chance for some of the Dallas Stars’ depth players to make an impression, and they made the most of the opportunity. With a lineup featuring nine rookies, the Stars defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 4-0, at Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
The Stars, who didn’t play several of their top players in the game and suited up four rookies on defense, shut down a pretty strong Edmonton lineup, limiting the Oilers to just 20 shots on goal in the game.
The Stars outshot the Oilers 12-8 in the first period and Smith, the Dallas native, tallied the only goal, beating Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk with a shot from a sharp angle at the 11:07 mark.
Ellis came up with a couple of big saves late in the period, stopping two point blank chances by Oilers forward Ryan Smyth.
The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 at 12:55 of the second period when Luke Gazdic scored from the right circle off an odd-man rush.
The Stars made it a 3-0 game close to the midway point of the third. Ryan Garbutt came down the left wing, eluded a hip check by Justin Schultz and Fiddler got the puck and scored from the slot at the 9:14 mark.
Oilers coach Dallas Eakins pulled Dubnyk with eight minutes remaining and his team down three goals, but the move didn’t pay off. Ritchie scored into an empty net at the 7:26 mark to give the Stars a 4-0 lead which held up the rest of the game.
*The Stars outshot the Oilers 29-20.
*Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth was a plus-three on the night.
*The Stars were 0-2 on the power play and 1-1 on the penalty kill.
*Saturday is a scheduled day off for the Stars.
*The Stars open the regular season Thursday October 3 vs. Florida at American Airlines Center.
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