The Dallas Stars held down Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and the Edmonton Oilers in Game 2 to secure a 3-1 victory. Dallas' victory ties the series at 1-1 and gave the Stars a blueprint on how they can beat the Oilers and ultimately win the series and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Mason Marchment helped put the Oilers away and cement victory with an early third-period goal.

The Stars' left winger spoke with the media after the game. He shared why he thought the Stars were able to shut down the Oilers in the third period.

“I think we just got to our game,” Marchment said. “When we play our game, we're a hard team to play against when we do the right things at the right times.”

Goaltender Jake Oettinger was essential to keeping the Stars in the game early. He held off 15 out of 16 shots during a stretch where his team was only able to muster four shots on goal.

“I'd rather get work than sitting there and then all of a sudden, they get 2-on-1s and breakaways,” said Oettinger, who finished with 28 saves. “Sometimes, those are even harder — the games you get 16 shots and 16 chances compared to 40 shots.”

Head coach Peter DeBoer praised both the quick start and stingy defense for the win.

“Getting the lead, it was critical. That allows you to stay above them and manage the puck and not try and push outside your comfort zone trying to score,” DeBoer explained. “I think since Game 1 against Colorado when we blew the 3-0 lead, I think we've been really locked in those situations and have done a really good job.”

Oilers' coach Kris Knoblauch calls out officiating after loss to Stars

One storyline coming out of Game 2 was a perceived lack of penalties from the referees.

Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch stopped short of calling out and criticizing the officials directly. However, it is easy to read between the lines and see that he is frustrated with the lack of penalties in Game 2.

“The NHL sometimes, a standard gets changed a little bit, and they want to make sure it's a penalty, where in the regular season maybe some things get let go,” Knoblauch said following the game. “It's unfortunate for us that it is tougher to draw penalties in the playoffs than it is the regular season.”

“That's a good question, I don't know,” Oilers center Connor McDavid said, per The Score. McDavid would finish Game 2 with just one shot on goal.

While power play opportunities were fairly similar in Game 2 (two for Oilers and one for Stars), it was lopsided in Game 1. In that contest, the Stars had five power plays to the Oilers' one. It seems that Game 1 is still on Knoblauch's radar and could continue to be a talking point throughout the rest of the series, depending on how each game is called.

The Oilers and Stars are now tied at 1-1 in the series.

The two teams will face off in Game 3 Monday night at 8:30PM ET.