DALLAS - Fabian Brunnstrom scored three goals in his NHL debut to match the league record, Mike Modano had two goals and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 6-4 on Wednesday night for their first victory of the season.
Brunnstrom broke a 4-4 tie with 3:25 left when he struck from close range off a feed from Brad Richards. The Swede became the third player in NHL history to score a hat trick in his first game, joining Alex Smart of the Montreal Canadiens (Jan. 14, 1943) and Real Cloutier of the Quebec Nordiques (Oct. 10, 1979).
Modano's empty-netter - the 530th goal of his career - sealed the win with 3.3 seconds left.
Martin Erat tied it at 4-4 for Nashville with 9:01 left in the third period on a goal upheld on video review. Marty Turco stopped Erat's rebound attempt, but replays showed the puck was over the goal line when Turco controlled it.
Brunnstrom gave Dallas a 4-3 advantage at 14:13 of the second period after Ryan Jones' first career goal 23 seconds earlier had drawn the Predators even.
Brunnstrom scored from the slot for his first career goal at 11:45 of the second period for a 3-2 lead.
The Stars outbid several NHL teams in May to sign the skilled Swedish left wing, but Brunnstrom was a healthy scratch in Dallas' first two games.
Stephane Robidas added a power-play goal for Dallas (1-1-1).
Radek Bonk and Patric Hornqvist also scored for Nashville.
Robidas gave the Stars the lead when his one-timer glanced off the stick of a Nashville player and past goalie Dan Ellis with 10 seconds left in the opening period.
Modano, the NHL goal-scoring leader among U.S.-born players, made it 2-0 29 into the second period, converting B.J. Crombeen's centring pass.
Bonk's power-play goal on a re-direct cut it to 2-1 at 3:56 of the second period.
Hornqvist tied it 2-2 when his shot from the point glanced off the stick of Robidas and through the pads of Turco at 9:04 of the second period.
Notes: Nashville C Jason Arnott missed the first of an anticipated three games because of a fractured finger on his right hand. ... The Predators beat the Stars 3-1 on Saturday night in Nashville, outshooting Dallas 32-20. ... Loui Eriksson's apparent power-play goal for Dallas was disallowed at 6:56 of the first period because teammate Brenden Morrow had been whistled for goalie interference.