Stars top Oilers to end four-game skid

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 22, 2011
Toby Petersen, Steve Ott and Michael Ryder each scored goals and the Dallas Stars ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. Kari Lehtonen made 17 saves for the Stars, who had been outscored 21-4 during the five-game skid. Before the game, Canadian businessman Tom Gaglardi was introduced to the crowd as the Stars new owner and dropped the puck for the ceremonial faceoff. Gaglardi's purchase of the team was approved by the NHL last week. Radek Dvorak wrapped up the win with a short-handed empty-netter with 1:24 left, Dvorak's first goal of the season. Rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who had five assists in the Oilers' 9-2 win over Chicago on Saturday night, scored eighth goal of the season for Edmonton. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 31 shots for Edmonton, which 1-5 in its past six games. Petersen got his first of the season from low in the left circle at 8:30 of the opening period. Edmonton had a chance to tie with about five minutes left in the first period, but Ales Hemsky's shot rang off the crossbar. Ott made it 2-0 off Mike Ribeiro's setup at 8:58 of the second period, Ott's third of the season. Brenden Morrow also assisted for his 500th career point. Nugent-Hopkins connected from the slot to get Edmonton on the board at 15:24 of the second, but Ryder fired into the upper right corner of the net off a 4 on 1 break 50 seconds later for his seventh of the season to give Dallas a 3-1 advantage. Notes: D Alex Goligoski (broken thumb) and forward Adam Burish (hand) are both out for at least a month for the Stars. ... Edmonton opened a four-game trip. ... NHL commissioner Gary Bettman participated in Gaglardi's introductory news conference earlier Monday and was at the game. ... The Oilers are without C Sam Gagner (back), D Andy Sutton (groin), D Ryan Whitney (knee) and D Cam Barker (ankle).
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