Strudwick uses fists, hands to beat Stars
Oilers blue-liner sets tone with fight, fires winning goal early in 3rd period
Jason Strudwick used his fists to set the tone in the Oilers' final pre-season game and later put Edmonton in the win column with his hands.
Strudwick's slapshot 5:47 into the third period beat Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco for a 3-2 win in NHL exhibition action Sunday night in Texas.
He dropped the gloves with B.J. Crombeen less than two minutes after the opening faceoff, 40 seconds after Andrew Cogliano had given Edmonton a 1-0 lead.
Strudwick, 33, signed with the Oilers in July as an unrestricted free agent after collecting two points in 52 games for the New York Rangers last season.
Andrew Cogliano and Sheldon Souray also netted goals for Edmonton (2-2-3) in its final pre-season contest, while Mathieu Garon made 39 saves.
Crombeen and Stéphane Robidas scored for the Stars (1-5-1).
Cogliano's goal at 1:11 after the opening faceoff put the Oilers in front.
Souray's shot from the point during the game's first power play beat a screened Turco 8:44 in to make it 2-0.
Crombeen's sharp-angle goal from the bottom of the left circle pulled Dallas within 2-1 at 11:01 of the first period, and Robidas' power-play goal at 14:46 tied it 2-2.
The Stars open the regular season Friday, hosting Nashville, while Edmonton welcomes Northwest Division rival Colorado Oct. 12.