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Robertson hat-trick gives Stars 2-1 lead in Western Conference final

By AFP
May 29, 2024
Edmonton Oilers forward Zach Hyman (18) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars in game three of the Western Conference Final of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. — USA Today Sports
Edmonton Oilers forward Zach Hyman (18) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars in game three of the Western Conference Final of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. — USA Today Sports

MONTREAL: Jason Robertson scored three goals as the Dallas Stars beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 on Monday to open up a 2-1 lead in the NHL´s Western Conference final.

The win restores home ice advantage for Dallas ahead of game four of the best-of-seven series on Wednesday in Texas. Robertson´s hat-trick was his first in post-season play and came as the Stars rallied from 2-0 down in the first period.

Goals from Zach Hyman and captain Connor McDavid had put the Oilers in charge before Robertson struck twice in the second period. His opener came on a pass from Roope Hintz which he blasted over the shoulder of Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner and then he tied the game off a scramble with a backhand over Skinner.

Wyatt Johnston put Dallas 3-2 up before Adam Henrique levelled late in the second. Robertson completed his hat-trick at 11.54 of the third period when he banked in a shot off Skinner from below the net.

Finnish defenceman Miro Heiskanen scored the fifth into an empty net in the dying stages to seal the win for Dallas. “Going down early, our response was just fantastic,” Robertson told Sportsnet.