DALLAS -- It's been called the Seven Year Itch, but when Dwayne Roloson took his place between the pipes at the American Airlines Center last night, it had been exactly nine years and three days.
Roloson, making his first start in Big D since he took a 4-1 loss at old Reunion Arena with the Calgary Flames back on Dec. 5, 1997, marked the occasion by backstopping the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-0 win with 22 saves for his third shutout this season and the 21st of his career.
Consider it scratched.
"As a team, we played a great defensive game," said Roloson, deflecting credit as handily as he did pucks this night.
"Any really good, quality chances, we had a stick on a guy or our defence was making a big block. We limited their second and third chances. I don't know if they even had any, really."
Roloson, who blanked Vancouver 4-0 in his last start Monday, was as good as he had to be against the injury-riddled Stars, making goals by Marc-Andre Bergeron and Raffi Torres stand as the Oilers won their third straight game - and for just the fourth time in 25 visits to Dallas.
Not a busy night by any means, but that's testament to the brand of hockey the Oilers have produced in their last three outings with Ethan Moreau, Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth out of the line-up.
The Oilers cracked Marty Turco 11 minutes in on a 5-on-3 power play that was essentially a 5-on-2 - Stu Barnes was playing without a stick - when Bergeron one-timed a slapper past him to make it 1-0.
"On a 5-on-3, there's lots of momentum either way," Bergeron said. "If you don't score, the other team is that much more confident.
"They're playing well and we know how good their goalie is. They're solid on the back end. When your line-up is a little depleted, you make sure you're playing well defensively. They did."
Up 2-0 when Torres beat Turco from the high slot with his fourth goal in the last nine games on one of just two Edmonton shots in the second period, the Oilers put their stamp on this performance with the Stars on a 5-on-3 power play of their own.
"It always feels good to be a part of a win," said Torres. "With our injuries, any win is great. We've beaten some good teams to get these last three wins. It's going good right now.
"This was a good chance for us to jump on them. Power plays and penalty killing win games in this league and when we got up 1-0 on them, got our second and then shut them down on that 5-on-3, it was big."
With Bergeron and partner Matt Greene in the penalty box for delay of game and tripping, Roloson didn't have to make a save for the entire two minutes - including a stretch in which Jason Smith had to toss away a broken stick and blocked a shot on the same play.
Jarret Stoll is still hobbled by the shot he took on the instep of his left foot against Carolina Wednesday, but he can skate with less discomfort than it takes to walk.
Stoll, who assisted on both Oilers goals last night, has been fitted with padding on his skate by equipment man Barrie Stafford.