Stars strike in third period, beat Oilers in Game 2

Mason Marchment scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period to lift the host Dallas Stars to a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, evening the Western Conference finals at one win apiece.

Jamie Benn recorded one goal and one assist while Esa Lindell also found the back of the net for the Stars, who bounced back from a 3-2, double-overtime loss in Game 1. Goaltender Jake Oettinger made 28 saves and Wyatt Johnston collected two assists in Game 2.

Connor Brown scored for the Oilers, who received a 22-save performance from goalie Stuart Skinner.

Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl saw his postseason point streak end at 13 games. He had recorded at least one point in every game during the Oilers’ playoff run here in 2024.

The series moves to Edmonton for Game 3 on Monday.

Marchment, whose father, Bryan, spent four seasons with the Oilers in the 1990s, broke a 1-1 tie at 3:41 of the third period. An Edmonton turnover in its own zone led to Ryan Suter sending a point shot toward the net, and Marchment deflected it into the cage for his second goal of the playoffs.

Lindell’s empty-net goal with 2:03 remaining in regulation sealed the victory. It was Lindell’s second marker of the postseason.

Edmonton managed only five shots on goal in the third period. The Oilers outshot Dallas by a 16-4 margin in the first but could not maintain the momentum.

After dropping the series opener, the Stars were looking for an early boost and received it when Benn opened the scoring at the 3:39 mark of the first period. Benn elected to shoot during a two-on-one rush and found the mark for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

However, Brown tied the clash 44 seconds later. Oettinger stopped Cody Ceci’s shot attempt off the rush, but Brown pounced on the rebound and slipped a shot home for his first goal of the postseason.