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5 things to know: Stars pick up point in OT loss to Preds

Dallas rallies to force overtime, but its five-game winning streak ends in Nashville

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Fedun's goal from the point

DAL@NSH: Fedun buries a long shot through traffic

Taylor Fedun lasers a shot from the point that finds twine through heavy traffic in front, tying the game at 2 in the 3rd period

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The Dallas Stars couldn't extend their winning streak Thursday night, but they did pick up one point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

The Stars overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits in the game to force extra playing time, but Nashville's Ryan Johansen scored 43 seconds into the extra period to end the Stars' winning streak at five games. Miro Heiskanen and Taylor Fedun scored goals, and Anton Khudobin stopped 21 shots for the Stars (28-21-5).

Here are five things from Thursday's game.

 

1. A good point for Stars

It wasn't quite the ramped-up game that many people expected, but it was still a tightly played, tough game with a playoff feel to it, and the Stars played well. They played well enough to win, but they came up short in 3-on-3 overtime.  

"They have a great team, so you always need to bring your A-game, or you'll get embarrassed," said Stars defenseman Roman Polak. "We brought it today, and I think it was a good point. We could have won, but, it was a good point."

There was only one goal through the first 40 minutes, a fluky bounce goal late in the first period that gave Nashville a 1-0 lead. A Kevin Fiala shot from the left circle missed the mark, and the puck hit the back of Craig Smith who was behind the Dallas net, then bounced off Khudobin and into the goal. Khudobin wasn't willing to call it a bad-luck goal.

"It was good luck for them," Khudobin said, "just because they worked very, very hard for that first one and they got rewarded."

The Stars, who started to get the better of play midway through the second, tied it early in the third when Heiskanen scored on the long rebound of a Tyler Seguin shot. The Predators regained the lead when Filip Forsberg set up a Viktor Arvidsson tap-in goal following a Dallas turnover. And then Fedun tied it with a shot from the point after some good work by Jason Dickinson and Andrew Cogliano to get him the puck.

In overtime, Arvidsson sent a pass from the left boards into the slot where Johansen beat Khudobin with a wrist shot.

The Stars have picked up points in all four games against Nashville this season (2-0-2).

"They are a good team. We know it is going to be a battle," said Khudobin. "Some of the games maybe we didn't play as well as we wanted to play, but we got the results, we got the points. We still got the point today, and I think we played really well. Today the win was on their side."

Video: DAL@NSH: Khudobin gets across to rob Fiala's chance

 

2. Stars come up big in third period again

The Stars came into Thursday's game having won each of their last three games in the third period. They couldn't pull out the win Thursday in Nashville, but their strong third period did help them get one point.

Thursday was the second straight game in which the Stars trailed heading into the third period and got points. They secured two points in Monday's win over Arizona and then picked up one Thursday. Those are a big three points for a team that had lost 13 of 14 times when trailing after two periods heading into this week.

"Our belief in each other again," said Stars coach Jim Montgomery. "We're coming out and believing we can win games and we put ourselves in a real good position again tonight. We got a point, and we got five out of six points in this rink against a real good hockey team."

The Stars outscored the Predators 2-1 in the third period and have now outscored their opponents 10-3 in third periods over the past four games.

Video: Montgomery: 'We've become a tougher team mentally'

 

3. Overtime ends quickly

The Stars never really had much of a chance in overtime because they never had the puck. Johansen won the faceoff over Jason Dickinson to start the frame, and the Predators controlled the puck until Arvidsson set up Johansen's game-winner at the 43-second mark.

Montgomery started the overtime period with Dickinson, Cogliano, and Heiskanen.

"It was a hunch," Montgomery said. "I thought Dickinson's line was good for us. They were generating all game long. Dickie and Cogs are elite skaters, and I wanted them out against Arvidsson and Johansen. Then I thought we could get a favorable matchup with [Seguin] and [Jamie] Benn on the second shift. Didn't materialize."

The Stars are 5-5 in 3-on-3 overtime this season.

Video: Khudobin's strong game not enough in Nashville

 

4. Heiskanen hits 10-goal mark

Heiskanen's goal in the third period was his 10th of the season. He leads rookie defensemen in goal scoring and is tied for seventh among all defensemen in the NHL.

The 19-year-old became the third rookie defensemen in Stars/North Stars franchise history to score 10 or more goals in his debut season. John Klingberg scored 11 for Dallas in 2014-15, and Brad Maxwell tallied 18 for the Minnesota North Stars in 1977-78.

Among teenage NHL defensemen, Heiskanen required the fifth-fewest games with 54 to reach 10 career goals. Only Phil Housley (45 games), Bobby Orr (48 games), Zach Bogosian (48 games) and Larry Murphy (games) did it faster.

Video: DAL@NSH: Heiskanen cranks home a blistering slap shot

 

5. Winning streak ends, but point streak continues

The Stars now have points in six games (5-0-1), their longest of the season. ... The Stars outshot the Predators 29-24 and had a 51-45 advantage in shot attempts. ... Scoring chances were 23-22 Nashville according to naturalstattrick.com. ... Fedun led the Stars with four shots on goal. Benn was tops with four scoring chances. ... The Stars were 0-for-2 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill. ... Dallas won 24 of 51 faceoffs (47 percent). Jason Spezza won 6 of 10 faceoffs (60 percent). Seguin won 8 of 19 (42 percent). ... Klingberg led the Stars with 24:48 of ice time. Heiskanen was next with 24:04.

Here is the lineup the Stars used to start the game along with scratches and injuries.

Jamie Benn - Radek Faksa - Blake Comeau
Mattias Janmark - Tyler Seguin - Alexander Radulov
Andrew Cogliano - Jason Dickinson - Jason Spezza
Denis Gurianov - Roope Hintz - Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Miro Heiskanen - Roman Polak
Jamie Oleksiak - Taylor Fedun

Anton Khudobin
Landon Bow

Scratched: Connor Carrick, Julius Honka, Valeri Nichushkin
Injured: Ben Bishop (undisclosed), Tyler Pitlick (wrist surgery), Martin Hanzal (back), Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches), Marc Methot (knee surgery)

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Mark Stepneski has covered the Stars for DallasStars.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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