Stars strike early and hold on in victory over Oilers

Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen tries to poke the puck away from Edmonton Oilers right wing Nail...

Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen tries to poke the puck away from Edmonton Oilers right wing Nail Yakupov at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Jan. 14, 2014. (JEROME MIRON/USA Today)

Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:40 PM ET

DALLAS - In a game they both couldn’t lose, the Edmonton Oilers took the L on the basis of seniority.

The Dallas Stars were only in a six-game slump, the Oilers have been at it for eight years.

So, with that ... Dallas wins by default.

The Stars scored before the anthem singer was even off the ice and never really looked back, ending their six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory at the expense of the hapless Oilers.

The Oilers have two wins to show for their last 14 games against Western Conference opponents (beating Calgary and Winnipeg.

Also, it marked the fifth straight game in which a Western Conference opponent scored five goals on Edmonton (5-3, 5-2, 5-2, 5-1 and 5-2)

This one started out like so many Oilers games do - badly. It was 1-0 Dallas just 14 seconds after the opening faceoff, 2-1 Dallas at 8:35 and 3-1 Dallas on their eighth shot of the game as Erik Cole, Ryan Garbutt and Jamie Benn piled on a shaky Ilya Bryzgalov.


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