The lapse between goals stretched from minutes into periods, then into games.

Now it has extended into record-setting territory.

The Edmonton Oilers have played three straight home games without scoring a goal after Wednesday night’s 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars at Rexall Place.

It was the Oilers’ first game back in town after their annual Canadian Finals Rodeo road trip, but the offence was still in short supply.

After being blanked 4-0 by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 29 and 5-0 by the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 2, the Oilers have played 182 minutes and four seconds since their last goal on home ice in a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Oct. 24.

In eight home games the Oilers have scored 11 goals, including five markers against the New Jersey Devils and four against the Winnipeg Jets in the season-opener.

They have scored just twice in their last five home games.

“We don’t score the dirty goals around the net like other teams do,” said Ales Hemsky. “That’s one thing we have to get better at. It’s frustrating, but no excuses. If you don’t score, you don’t score. We have to crash the net more.”

The Oilers’ biggest undoing against the Stars was their inability to convert on the power play. They were 0-for-5, including a 1:31 five-on-three advantage.

“We had our chances to score. We just have to finish,” said Mark Arcobello. “We had power plays, but we didn’t capitalize. We get a goal on one of those and it could have been a different game.”

After a scoreless opening period, in which the Stars outshot the Oilers 11-9, Jordan Eberle was robbed by Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen and Sam Gagner hit the goal post.

But Oilers netminder Devan Dubnyk was up to the task at the other end of the rink, denying the visitors on a late opening period power play.

It was one of Edmonton’s better first periods at home.

It was also the seventh straight scoreless period they had on home ice.

“I put it right where I wanted. What a save,” said Eberle. “It makes you mad when you try to bear down and it just doesn’t go in, especially with the way we haven’t been scoring in this rink.”