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Same old story

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:14 AM ET

DALLAS -- A team that's ended Edmonton's season more times than they'd care to remember stomped out the Oilers' final embers of hope last night.

Stop us if you've ever heard this one before: Dallas won. Edmonton's done.

They've been done for quite some time, but at least they had an illusion of a chance. Now that's gone, too, after a 5-2 beat down in Texas.

"The second period was an embarrassing period for us," said head coach Craig MacTavish, after a game his team didn't look very good, or interested, in. "Frenetic play in our own zone, getting into penalty trouble and we just never recovered from that."

There was the anticipation of fireworks when two teams that met in the playoffs six times in seven years (you know, when there used to be playoffs), renewed their acquaintances at American Airlines Center. Instead, Dallas rolled over Edmonton without breaking a sweat.

"We just didn't have enough composure, again, in our own end," said MacTavish, whose club has given up 14 goals in the last three games. "And they capitalized on it."

A trip that began with so much promise, with a win over San Jose that pulled them close enough to the playoff race that they could touch it, ends with three straight losses.

"We had a bad trip," said captain Ethan Moreau.

"We had a chance to salvage a little bit, but it didn't happen. We didn't really have a lot of composure, not just with the penalties, but in how we responded.

"Guys weren't playing inside the system, they were trying to do too much."

It was all the usual suspects that did them in. Low shot total (23-8 midway through the second). Too many penalties (shorthanded five times in the first 25 minutes). Too little offence (see final score).

"We took way too many penalties," said Moreau. "It was the same thing in Edmonton. They beat us on special teams. That's what it boils down to 90% of the time and they were a lot better than us."

Loui Eriksson made it 1-0 at even strength, Jere Lehtinen made it 2-0 on the power play and Brenden Morrow made it 3-0 shorthanded as Dallas hit the cycle in the first 40 minutes and then ran out the clock.

"It wasn't our best effort," said defenceman Steve Staios, who played hard all night. "We need to be a little bit more organized.

"It was a little uncharacteristic of the way that we've been playing."

Dustin Penner, minus six on the four-game trip, broke Marty Turco's shutout in the third, with Sam Gagner's assist extending the rookie's consecutive game points streak to eight games. Curtis Glencross's first as an Oiler made it 4-2 with five minutes to go.

Any thoughts of a miracle ended with Mike Modano's empty netter.

Where are they now?

"I don't even want to comment on that now," said MacTavish. "You can imagine."

ROLI STILL WANTS TO GO:

Dwayne Roloson, who relieved Mathieu Garon for the third period, stood by his stance that he'd rather be traded than be a benchwarmer, but says a sub-head in yesterday's Sun suggesting his kids were being bullied at school is misleading.

He says they've been teased to tears from time to time, but it's never been anything physical.

Meanwhile, if the Oilers can't move Roloson at the trade deadline, GM Kevin Lowe doesn't see it as all that big a problem, keeping both guys. Roloson makes $3.6 million, Garon $1.1 million.

"Relative to what other teams are paying their goaltenders, we're not overpaying (for the two of them)," he said. "And we have a comfort level that we haven't had before."


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