Stars 6, Oilers 1
The eighth-seeded Edmonton Oilers went from thinking about pulling off an upset to acting very, very upset.
Scott Young scored two first-period goals, and Mike Modano had a goal and two assists as the top-seeded Dallas Stars beat the Oilers, 6-1, Friday night in a game that featured 39 penalties, several brawls and the ejection of both captains.
"We wanted to play physical, but it became more than that," said Edmonton's Ethan Moreau, who had five infractions: goalie interference, elbowing, roughing, slashing and unsporstmanlike conduct. "It's unfortunate the game had to take that turn."
The Oilers won Game 1 and scored the first goal of this game, giving them hopes of taking a 2-0 series lead home for Game 3 tonight. Then Dallas scored six unanswered goals, including three in the first period, to change the tone.
When Jason Arnott made it 4-1 with 1 minute 8 seconds left in the second period, only 12 penalties had been called. Then as the second intermission began, Dallas' Derian Hatcher and Brad Isbister of the Oilers got into a shoving match that drew three penalties.
Another 24 followed in the final period -- so many that only 4:15 of the third was played at 5-on-5, and none of the final 11:45.
"It was frustration from our point of view," Isbister said. "At a certain point, it doesn't matter how many penalties you have."
In addition to the two game misconducts, there were two misconducts and a 10-minute match penalty to Edmonton's Cory Cross for intent to injure. He pulverized Dallas' Stephane Robidas, bloodying his face.
For the game, 19 different players were penalized -- 10 for the Oilers and nine Stars. Moreau's five were the most for one player; Cross had the most minutes with 14.
"It was a good, old-fashioned, revved-up playoff game," Dallas Coach Dave Tippett said. "That was fun -- at least, from our perspective it was fun. . . . I've seen much dirtier than that. It was frustration on their part. Once the score got out of hand, maybe they were trying to send a message."
No maybe about it, said Edmonton Coach Craig MacTavish.
"When they made it 5-1, it was obviously going to be a physical period," MacTavish said. "If we lose the game, we were going to at least take our toll physically on the opposition.
"We started to get physical because of the liberties we felt Dallas was taking with our guys. We weren't going to stand for that."
Things really turned ugly after Ulf Dahlen scored the sixth goal on goaltender Jussi Markkanen, 36 seconds after he replaced Tommy Salo.
About two minutes later, a skirmish broke out behind the Oilers' net. When it ended, there were eight sticks, more than a dozen gloves and several helmets laying on the ice. Stars goalie Marty Turco skated to mid-ice, near Salo on the bench, and soon after MacTavish shouted at a fan in a vest and cowboy hat sitting in the front row.
Hatcher and Oilers captain Jason Smith were ejected. Because Hatcher also received a game misconduct in the opener, he is likely to be suspended for Game 3.
"It was a very long hockey game. That happens when it gets out of hand," Young said.