The Dallas Stars headed into their bye week on a positive, rallying for a dramatic 4-3 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at American Airlines Center Saturday night.
Antoine Roussel scored all three Dallas goals in regulation, and Jamie Benn scored with 1:13 remaining in overtime for the Stars, who overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the game and won for the first time in 23 tries when trailing after two periods this season (1-20-2).
"Nice. Nice," said Stars forward Tyler Seguin, who set up all three Roussel goals. "Especially being down going into the third, something that's been held over our heads for a while. It was obviously nice to pull it off."
"It's good to get a win," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "Obviously, coming from behind and being down a couple, I thought we battled hard to get the two points. We got some big saves in the third (from Kari Lehtonen, who made 34 saves) and a couple big ones in overtime. We got our chance and put one away."
The Stars fell behind 2-0 in the first period but bounced back to tie the game on pair of goals by Roussel before the period ended. After the Lightning scored in the second to take a 3-2 lead, Roussel struck again to tie the game early in the third. Roussel's hat trick was the first of his NHL career and the first by a Dallas Star this season.
"It was awesome, felt pretty good," Roussel said. "It was teamwork. [Tyler Seguin] shoots really hard and that was our main focus before the game. I told him we have to work hard and everything will come to us, and that's basically what happened."