Mikko Koskinen backstops Edmonton Oilers to OT win in Dallas

Alex Chiasson scored a power-play goal 1:08 into overtime as the Edmonton Oilers stole a 2-1 win from the Dallas Stars in Texas on Tuesday night.

Mikko Koskinen was brilliant in goal for the Oilers, making 42 saves.

Dallas dominated the opening period, outshooting the Oilers 16-6. Koskinen was strong in the Edmonton net to keep the game scoreless.

Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored on a mid-range wrister on the power play in the second, his 20th goal of the season.

After the game, the forward reflected on the play from his goaltender.

LISTEN BELOW: Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins speaks following Edmonton’s 2-1 over the Stars

“Outstanding – from the first period on,” said Nugent-Hopkins.

“Held us in there when we probably weren’t playing our best. But back to back against a team like that, you need your goalie to step up, and he definitely did that tonight.”

The Oilers had a two-man advantage for 1:14 later in the second but couldn’t extend their lead.

Dallas defenceman John Klingberg blasted a power play one-timer over Koskinen’s right shoulder to tie it with 13:18 to go in the third.

Edmonton’s Adam Larsson was slapped with a high-sticking penalty with 2:53 remaining, but the Stars failed to get a shot on their power play.

In overtime, Dallas’ Esa Lindell was penalized for tripping Nugent-Hopkins. The Stars missed a chance to clear on the power play, allowing Chiasson to swipe the loose puck, walk in and beat Dallas netminder Anton Khudobin glove side.

Chiasson joked that with the league’s top two scorers also on the ice, he almost wasn’t sure whether to shoot it.

LISTEN BELOW: Oilers forward Alex Chiasson speaks following Edmonton’s 2-1 win over the Stars

“It was weird, Leon (Draisaitl) was on the other side and I’m like, ‘Am I shooting this one? Or am I passing it to him?’” he laughed.

“I know for myself, I’ve had good chances in the last six to seven games — it just hasn’t been going my way. But I found a way tonight to get a big point for our team.”

Oilers head Coach Dave Tippett said it wasn’t the effort he was hoping to see, but they’ll take the two points nonetheless.

“Goaltender was outstanding, (on) special teams we gave up the one PK goal, but our power play gets us a couple we need. The rest of it, we weren’t very good,” he said.

“They were on their game tonight, we weren’t very good. Our goaltender was excellent — we’ll take the points but we’re going to have to be better than that.”

The Oilers (36-23-8) will play in Chicago on Thursday.

Watch below: Some videos from Global News’ coverage of the Edmonton Oilers’ 2019-2020 season.


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