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Darche scores in OT to lead Tampa Bay past Dallas 4-3 in pre-season action

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TAMPA, Fla. - Mathieu Darche scored at 4:40 of overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 pre-season victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

Brad Richards, who had three assists, set up the winner. Tampa Bay took a 3-2 lead when Kyle Wanvig scored on a third-period penalty shot. Dallas' Loui Eriksson tied it with a power-play goal with 1:01 left in regulation.

Marc Denis, looking to rebound from a disappointing season in which he went from being the Lightning's No. 1 goalie to not making the post-season roster, stopped 36 shots.

Andreas Karlsson and Jason Ward, who scored on the power play, had the other Lightning goals.

Stephane Robidas and Junior Lessard also had power-play goals for Dallas.

Lightning centre Chris Gratton left in the first period with an abrasion on his cornea. Right wing Michel Ouellet departed during the second due to a left hamstring injury.

Forwards Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis along with defenceman Dan Boyle, who combined for 115 goals last season, didn't play in Tampa Bay's pre-season opener.

Dallas was also without a number of regulars, including goalie Marty Turco, centre Mike Modano and defenceman Sergei Zubov. Modano and Zubov could make their pre-season debuts Thursday at home against Colorado.

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