COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jussi Jokinen has several shootout moves in his repertoire. The one he picked was perfect.
Jokinen scored in regulation and had the only shootout goal to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night before the smallest crowd to watch an NHL game at Nationwide Arena.
Jokinen, who tied it 1-1 early in the first period, was the second skater during the shootout. He beat Fredrik Norrena with a deke and a backhander.
"I have added a couple of moves the last couple of years. That move was pretty new," said Jokinen, 16-for-26 in his NHL career. "I have one more new move, so I think I have four or five moves now. I pick the right one based on whatever goalie there is. Confidence is still the biggest thing right now."
Rick Nash, who had scored the Blue Jackets' first goal, went last in the shootout and tried a quick shot between Mike Smith's legs but had his drive blocked.
The crowd of 11,820 was the smallest announced attendance for a Blue Jackets regular-season home game.
The Stars forced overtime when Brenden Morrow converted a one-timer from the high slot with 1:11 remaining - seconds after Dallas pulled Smith for an extra attacker. Mike Ribeiro set up behind the net and waited before saucering a pass to Morrow for his third of the season.
"Our guys stayed with it," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "They wanted to find a way to win. They found a way to win."
The Blue Jackets took a 2-1 lead at 8:24 of the third period on Jiri Novotny's diving jam shot after his first shot hit the post. Nikolai Zherdev dug the puck off the boards and passed to Nash, who backhanded a centring pass that Novotny was able to push toward the goal, going off the far post. Novotny, a free-agent acquisition, then dived between two Stars, extending his stick to poke the puck into the goal for his first goal for Columbus.
Nash had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, and Zherdev had two assists.
"We didn't put the hammer down and we paid for it in the end," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We had a chance numerous times in the first half of the game. When you have a 2-1 lead and are given odd-man rushes, you have to score and that's what we didn't do. It came back to haunt us."
Smith finished with 33 saves, Norrena stopped 28 shots.
"We were going through some struggles," Smith said. "Tonight was a big one for our team. It was nice to come from behind and get two points."
The teams traded goals in a span of 95 seconds early in the game.
Zherdev ended up with the puck on the boards near the blue-line and slid a pass to Nash, all alone and bearing down on Smith on the breakaway. Nash hesitated and then beat Smith high on the stick side for his third goal - and first since scoring twice on opening night.
Stu Barnes' nifty pass from the corner was on Jokinen's stick at the far post and he jammed in the shot for his second of the season at 3:17 to tie it.
Notes: Columbus LW Fredrik Modin was scratched due to a groin injury and could miss Friday night's game at Buffalo. ... Dallas had lost its last three road games. ... Norrena got the start after going 3-1 with a 1.71 goals-against average against Dallas last season. ... Columbus was trying to open with three straight home wins for the second time in the franchise's seven seasons.