Ice hockey: Draisaitl’s streak ends in Oilers defeat in Dallas

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Draisaitl’s streak ends in Oilers defeat in Dallas

Leon Draisaitl (v) lost with the Oilers to the Dallas Stars. Photo

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The Edmonton Oilers conceded the equalizer against the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference final. Leon Draisaitl remains without a scoring point for the first time in the current playoffs.

The Edmonton Oilers around the German ice hockey star Leon Draisaitl conceded the equalizer in the final series of the Western Conference against the Dallas Stars in the NHL playoffs. The Oilers lost the second game of the series 1:3 (1:1, 0:0, 0:2).

Connor Brown scored his first playoff goal for the Oilers to equalize for Edmonton (5th minute), after Jamie Benn had put the Stars ahead with the first shot on goal (4th). Mason Marchment then deflected a shot into the Oilers’ goal at the start of the third period (44th). Esa Lindell scored into the empty net around two minutes before the end to make it the final score (58th). Stars goalkeeper Jake Oettinger parried 28 shots on his goal.

For the first time in this year’s playoffs, Draisaitl failed to score a point. Before that, the 28-year-old German had been involved in at least one goal in all 13 of the Oilers’ games, including the 3-2 overtime win at the start of the series against Dallas. Draisaitl leads the playoff scoring rankings with 25 goal involvements across the league.

The series now moves to Edmonton for two games, where it continues on Tuesday night. The Oilers are fighting for their first place in the Stanley Cup final in 18 years. A total of four wins are necessary to reach the NHL finals.

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