Dallas does Dubie?



No matter what the title, no matter who the goalie, we’ve seen the movie before: the Dallas Stars over the Edmonton Oilers.

You can set your watch by the regularly-scheduled beatings — since moving to Texas the Stars are 53-12-7 against Edmonton — but this one was especially cruel.

Down three injured centres when the game started, and a fourth a few minutes after the opening faceoff, the severely short-staffed Oilers put up a tremendous fight Wednesday at Rexall Place, only to lose 3-2 when Jaromir Jagr slid the winner past Devan Dubnyk in overtime.

A heartbreaking end to a valiant effort? Forget that, says Jordan Eberle, this is a game they should have won.

“We found a way to overcome it, we found a way to score a power-play goal and tie it up,” he said. “Even though we’re missing a lot of guys up the middle we found a way to make up for it and battle our way back. That’s a positive.

“But we have to find a way to win four-on-four in overtime. We found a way to tie it, but we have to find a way to win it.”

He’s right. Down four centres and playing a team they never beat, it was Edmonton’s to lose.

Unfortunately, they lost it.

“We’ve had some tough luck around here with the injuries, it’s tough to keep losing these guys, but we’re not going to look at it as an excuse,” said defenceman Justin Schultz. “Everyone here is capable of playing big minutes. You have to find a way to win and we didn’t.”

It looked like a sure thing for Dallas before the puck even dropped, with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Shawn Horcoff and Eric Belanger already out with injuries. And it went from bad to worse early in the game when Anton Lander left with a foot injury.

He was seen hobbling into the X-ray room on crutches.

Basically, Fate is Zac Rinaldo and the Oilers centres are BJ Crombeen.

Enough already.

“We have to find a way to battle through it,” said Eberle. “Every team goes through this.”

Well, maybe not THIS. Four centres in the last three games?

“It’s crazy,” said Dubnyk. “Guys are sacrificing and blocking shots ... weird accidents.”

Yet Edmonton managed to make a game out of it, jumping out to a 1-0 lead on Ales Hemsky’s second period goal and then, after Jamie Benn and Derek Roy had given Dallas the lead, tying it 2-2 midway through the third on a power-play goal from Schultz.

But Dallas, as is almost alway the case against Edmonton, was one goal better .