The Dallas Stars made it two for two in preseason play, defeating the Florida Panthers, 4-3, in a shootout Wednesday night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.
Ales Hemsky scored the lone goal of the shootout for the Stars, who improved to 2-0-0 in preseason play, and goaltender Jussi Rynnas stopped all four shooters he faced in the skills competition.
Patrick Eaves had one goal and one assist in regulation. Kevin Connauton and Alex Goligoski also scored for the Stars, who squandered a 2-0 lead and then had to overcome a 3-2 third period deficit.
“We dealt with a little adversity getting down 3-2 after being up 2-0,” said Eaves. “We found a way to win on the road. Preseason, we dealt with the adversity pretty well.”
“I didn’t like our second period. The first seven or eight minutes was a sleeper, then we made a big mistake and let them back in it. They took control of the game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I liked the third period. I like the way we came out. I thought the first 10 or 12 minutes we dominated play.”
Jack Campbell got the start in goal and stopped all 11 shots he faced in 31:36 of playing time. Rynnas allowed three goals on his first five shots, but settled in to stop 11 of 14 in 33:24 and then came up big in the shootout.
“To be honest, Jack didn’t face much,” Ruff said. “It was a tough assignment for him because in his 30 minutes he faced only two quality opportunities. Jussi was different. He faced point blank on his first goal on an outnumbered rush and then was screened on a power play goal. I thought he had a tougher ride. Jack didn’t make any mistakes, which was good.”
The Stars scored two goals on six shots in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Eaves scored on the power play, grabbing a loose puck in the slot and beating Panthers goaltender Dan Ellis with a wrist shot at the 9:12 mark. Connauton made it a 2-0 game at the 14:56 mark, tallying from the left circle off the rush.
The Panthers bounced back with two goals in the second period to tie it. Just after Rynnas came in to replace Campbell, Shane O’Brien scored on a shot from the left circle to make it a 2-1 game at the 11:59 mark. Florida got the equalizer with 50 seconds left in the period when Dave Bolland scored on the power play, tallying on a shot from just beyond the top of the right circle.
Florida took the lead early in the third period. Vincent Trocheck won an offensive zone draw back to Brandon Pirri, who scored from the top of the right circle at the 1:21 mark.
The Stars’ penalty kill came up big later in the period, thwarting a Florida five-on-three advantage for 1:10.
The Stars drew even with 8:53 remaining in regulation when Tyler Seguin drove the net off the rush and set up Goligoski, who scored from the left wing to make it a 3-3 game.
The Stars outshot the Panthers 8-1 in the five-minute overtime, but the game remained tied and it headed to the shootout.
After Seguin, Eaves and Jamie Benn missed in the shootout, Hemsky eluded a poke check attempt by Panthers goaltender Michael Houser and slipped in a backhand shot.
Rynnas stopped Florida’s Pirri, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad and Bolland.
*The Stars outshot the Panthers 31-25.
*Alex Goligoski led the Stars with five shots. Tyler Seguin and Patrick Eaves had four each.
*The Stars won 38 of 68 faceoffs (56 percent).
*Tyler Seguin won 18 of 23 draws (78 percent). Radek Faksa won 9 of 14 (64 percent).
*Goligoski led the Stars with 27:22 of ice time. Jyrki Jokipakka was next with 27:03.
*The Stars were 1-6 on the power play and 7-8 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars will practice in Frisco Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m.
*The Stars’ next preseason game is Friday at Tampa Bay.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Ryan Garbutt
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Patrick Eaves
Gemel Smith – Justin Dowling – Ales Hemsky
Erik Cole – Radek Faksa – Matej Stransky
Alex Goligoski – Jyrki Jokipakka
Kevin Connauton – Jamie Oleksiak
Cameron Gaunce – Maxime Fortunus
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