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Eakin's OT goal lifts Stars past Islanders

Steve Hunt  - NHL.com Correspondent | Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 1:14 AM

DALLAS -- When New York Islanders forward Anders Lee tied the game with 1.1 seconds remaining to force overtime, the Dallas Stars thought they had another collapse on their hands.

But Cody Eakin scored 2:18 into overtime and Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves for Dallas in a 3-2 win at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Dallas has been outscored in the third period 81-53 this season. Even though the Stars blew another late lead, they ended a six-game losing streak.

"It was huge," Lehtonen said. "We've been working hard but not getting results lately. To get two points against a great team like that is always good."

Eakin's goal, his 15th of the season, came from a wrist shot from the slot off the rush after receiving a pass from Dallas captain Jamie Benn, who stripped Islanders forward Ryan Strome of the puck at the Stars blue line.

"The D-man fell there, (John Klingberg) made a nice pass up to (Jamie) Benn, and Benn made a great pass over to me and I just slapped it," Eakin said.

Brett Ritchie and Vernon Fiddler scored for Dallas (28-26-10).

Josh Bailey scored for the Islanders (41-21-3), who forced overtime when Lee's wrist shot deflected in off the right skate of Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn. It was Lee's 21st goal of the season. New York had the extra attacker after goalie Jaroslav Halak left the ice with 1:26 remaining.

"I knew there was literally less than 10 seconds [left]," Lee said. "I saw Johnny (Boychuk) in the back door out of the corner of my eye and just threw it on. I think it hit off a skate or something."

Despite seeing the Stars surrender the lead, Dallas coach Lindy Ruff felt Benn still had a solid performance.

"I thought Jordie Benn played his heart out tonight, and played as well as he's played all year, and to have the puck go off his skate, I shook my head," Ruff said.

Fiddler's goal, his eighth of the season, came 7:28 into the third period after a Ryan Garbutt slap shot from the right point sailed over the net. The ensuing carom fell right to Fiddler and he poked the puck in at the near post.

"They found their legs a little bit [in the third period]," Lee said. "We gave them a lot of opportunities and obviously they're a good enough team where they take advantage of them. We didn't help ourselves by putting ourselves in the box. When you're killing penalties, you're not trying to score goals, so we weren't able to put enough in."

The Stars trailed 1-0 heading into the third period. Bailey scored 15:25 into the game for New York.

Ritchie tied the game 2:24 into the third with his fourth goal of the season, also coming off a rebound. It was his first goal in 12 games after starting his NHL career with three goals in his first six games.

"I thought we played simple [in the third period]," Ritchie said. "We didn't give them much coming to the outside. (Lehtonen) came up with some big saves there. That's what we need to do in these third periods coming forward."

Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley sustained a lower-body injury 1:48 into the first period after he was kneed by Islanders left wing Matt Martin, who received a major penalty and a game misconduct.

Ruff took exception with the play from Martin on Daley, who Ruff said will be out for weeks.

"That's a suspension. It's another stupid hit that makes you just shake your head," Ruff said. "We've already lost our best forward (Tyler Seguin) and now we've lost probably our best defenseman for a period of time on a play that just wasn't necessary."

New York coach Jack Capuano didn't agree with the call on Martin.

"In my view, (Martin) was planted and there was no intent," Capuano said. "First of all, he is not that kind of a player. He's an honest guy. It was a tweener for me. It's unfortunate for both guys. Hopefully (Daley) will be alright."

The Islanders took the lead late in the first period when Bailey scored his 13th goal of the season from the slot. Strome sent a pass to Bailey, whose wrist shot deflected off Lehtonen's blocker before landing in the left side of the net.

Lehtonen denied a wrist shot at close range from Islanders captain John Tavares with 1:26 remaining. Tavares had gotten around Jamie Benn with a spin move, but Lehtonen was there to make the save.

Each team had chances to win earlier in overtime. Halak denied Dallas forward Ales Hemsky with a pad save at the near post after Boychuk turned the puck over in front of the Islanders net 1:33 into overtime.

New York defenseman Thomas Hickey had his own chance to end the game 1:59 into overtime but his snap from the slot hit the right post.

"I thought it was a game [of] just a matter of inches," Tavares said. "We put [in] a couple more of our chances when we got them, especially in the third and obviously (Hickey) hits the post in overtime and we easily could have had two points."

Right wing Tyler Kennedy, acquired by the Islanders from the San Jose Sharks on Monday, did not play because of an upper-body injury.

Halak made 32 saves.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
15:25NYI Josh Bailey (13) ASST: Ryan Strome (28), Brock Nelson (20) 1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:24DAL Brett Ritchie (4) ASST: Jyrki Jokipakka (9), Cody Eakin (15) 1 - 1 Tie
07:28DAL Vernon Fiddler (8) ASST: Ryan Garbutt (14), Antoine Roussel (12) 2 - 1 DAL
19:58NYI Anders Lee (21) ASST: NONE 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
02:18DAL Cody Eakin (15) ASST: Jamie Benn (38), John Klingberg (24) 3 - 2 DAL
Three Stars of the Game
Cody Eakin
1st
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:21
Brett Ritchie
2nd
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 16:16
Jaroslav Halak
3rd
SA: 35TOI: 60:54
GA: 3EV: 26-29
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: .914SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:48NYI Matt Martin  Kneeing (maj) against  Trevor Daley
01:48NYI Matt Martin  Game misconduct
13:21DAL John Klingberg  Tripping against  Michael Grabner
18:49NYI Anders Lee  Interference on goalkeeper against  Kari Lehtonen
2nd Period
14:21NYI Cal Clutterbuck  Delay of game
16:31NYI Thomas Hickey  Delay of game
3rd Period
07:46DAL John Klingberg  Concealing puck
16:38NYI Ryan Strome  Slashing against  Jason Demers
17:18DAL Brett Ritchie  Slashing against  Nick Leddy
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodNYIDAL
1st189
2nd913
3rd99
OT14
Total3735
Team Stats
CategoryNYIDAL
Power Plays0/30/5
Hits3227
Faceoff Wins3039
Giveaways813
Takeaways35
Blocked Shots2319
Penalty Minutes236
  • NY ISLANDERS
  • DALLAS
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2N. LeddyD0012021:22
3T. HamonicD0011020:52
11L. VisnovskyD0002019:52
12J. BaileyL1014018:40
13C. McDonaldR00-10010:34
14T. HickeyD0001217:52
15C. ClutterbuckR00-10213:12
17M. MartinL0000150:10
18R. StromeC0112214:58
27A. LeeC1005217:52
29B. NelsonC0103015:52
40M. GrabnerR0000017:12
44C. de HaanD00-24018:32
48K. MouillieratL00-1006:46
51F. NielsenC0013018:25
55J. BoychukD00-24026:11
86N. KuleminL00-11017:37
91J. TavaresC0005021:37
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
41J. Halak3235.91460:54
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2J. JokipakkaD0113014:24
3J. KlingbergD0112425:53
4J. DemersD00-11023:08
6T. DaleyD000000:43
10S. HorcoffC0000014:46
11C. McKenzieL0001014:29
14J. BennL01-14023:29
16R. GarbuttL0100014:11
18P. EavesR0003017:02
20C. EakinC1123018:21
21A. RousselL0111014:40
24J. BennD00-11021:48
25B. RitchieR1016216:16
33A. GoligoskiD0011026:50
37P. NemethD0000012:08
38V. FiddlerC1002013:58
83A. HemskyR0005013:52
90J. SpezzaC0002017:14
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32K. Lehtonen3537.94662:18