The killers came up big

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

In the end it proved to be moot.

But at the time the penalty-kill late in overtime got the Edmonton Oilers into a shootout against the Dallas Stars and gave them an opportunity to win the game.

"They did a good job," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"Horc (Shawn Horcoff) maybe has a little too much experience in those types of situations, especially against Dallas.

"But we've been killing those types of penalties the same way for the last number of years and he and Stollie (Jarret Stoll) are really versed at what they're going to give up."

Because Steve Staios's hooking penalty on Mike Ribeiro came in overtime, the Oilers were forced to kill a four-on-three advantage.

With only three players on the ice, the Oilers played a tight triangle and tried to keep the Stars to the outside.

"Obviously you're going to give up something in that situation and it's just a matter of controlling what you're going to give up," MacTavish said. "And you have to rely on great goaltending. You're going to give up some shots from scoring areas, but hopefully nothing cross-crease like their goal in the first period."

The Oilers needed to kill the penalty for 1:35 in order to get the game into a shootout where they were 10-1 at the time.

With the contest on the line, MacTavish sent Sheldon Souray, Joni Pitkanen and Horcoff over the boards.

Following a whistle Stoll took Horcoff's spots.

"It's just one of the those things, we talk about it a lots, we've been in that situation a lot, so you get used to what teams are going to and what personnel is going to be out there and what those guys like to do," Horcoff said.

"You just try to take lanes away and try to give them shots from bad angles."

The Stars managed six shots on the man-advantage, all of which Roloson was able to turn away. The two teams then went into a shootout where Sergei Zubov scored the lone goal to give the Stars a 2-1 victory.

"The guys did a great job keeping them to the outside and eliminating any crossing passes," said Roloson.

"Especially with one of penalty-killers in the box, the guys did a great job and Shelly (Souray) was able to get his stick on a few passes and we did well."


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