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Stars rally for point, but lose to Devils in OT

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars rallied from a 2-0 deficit to pick up one point in New Jersey Saturday night, but they couldn’t get two. New Jersey defenseman John Moore scored on the power play at 1:47 of overtime to lift the Devils to a 3-2 win over the Stars at Prudential Center.

“It was a good point. I thought New Jersey played a heck of a game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “They played a smart game. They skated well.”

The Stars trailed 2-0 heading into the third period, but goals from Patrick Sharp and Colton Sceviour tied the game and got it to the extra period. With Stars captain Jamie Benn in the penalty box for hooking in overtime, Moore scored off a shot from the left point to hand the Stars their third straight road loss (0-1-2).

“I don’t think we skated our best the whole game. For whatever reason, we didn’t have the jump in our legs we normally do,” Sharp said. “Having said that, we can take a positive out of this one for battling back, getting a point against a very disciplined team.”

The loss was the fifth in the last six road games for the Stars (1-2-3). The one point pushed the Stars to 60 for the season (28-8-4).

The Devils (20-14-5) won their third straight game and fourth in the past five (4-1-0).

“You have to play a 60-minute game against a very good team, a high-powered team,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “We gave up the two goals in the third, but we didn’t sag. We stayed with it.”

The Devils took a 1-0 lead at 1:02 of the second period when Kyle Palmieri beat Niemi on a wrap-around shot. Two minutes after the Stars missed on their third power play of the night, the Devils made it a 2-0 game. Bobby Farnham scored from the right faceoff dot at 6:02 of the second.

Ruff juggled his lines to start the third period, and the Stars stepped up the pressure. They finally got on the board when John Klingberg pinched from the point, made a nice spin move off the boards and set up Sharp, who scored from close range at the 10:54 mark.

The Stars tied it less than four minutes later on a goal by Sceviour, whose shot from the high slot made it through a maze of bodies and past Devils goaltender Cory Schneider at the 14:29 mark.

Sceviour had a great chance to win the game with 1:05 remaining in regulation, but Schneider made a glove save on his close-range shot, and that got the game to overtime, where Moore won it for the Devils on the power play.

“You’ve got to find ways to win when you are down, find ways to get points,” Ruff said. “We found a point.”

*The Stars are 4-4 in games that have gone beyond regulation. They are 3-2 in overtime and 1-2 in shootouts.

*The Stars are 8-1-1 vs. the Metropolitan Division.

*The Stars had a 31-30 advantage in shots on goal and the Devils had a 48-43 advantage in attempted shots.

*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play and 3-4 on the penalty kill.

*Stars forward Patrick Sharp extended his points streak to eight games (five goals, six assists).

*Stars forward Colton Sceviour has scored four goals in the past six games.

*Dallas won 33 of 60 faceoffs (55 percent).

*Vernon Fiddler won 10 of 14 faceoffs (71 percent). Jason Spezza won 9 of 15 (60 percent). Tyler Seguin won 5 of 11 (45 percent). Cody Eakin won 3 of 11 (27 percent).

*John Klingberg led the Stars with 23:16 of ice time.

*Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin sat out Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury. He is day to day.

The Stars continue their road trip, taking on the New York Islanders Sunday. Game time is 4 p.m. (Central Time). The Stars are 4-1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

Jamie BennTyler SeguinPatrick Sharp

Mattias JanmarkJason SpezzaPatrick Eaves

Antoine RousselCody EakinColton Sceviour

Radek FaksaVernon FiddlerTravis Moen

Alex Goligoski
John Klingberg

Johnny OduyaJason Demers

Jyrki JokipakkaJordie Benn

Antti Niemi

Kari Lehtonen

Jamie Oleksiak, Patrik Nemeth

Injured: Valeri Nichushkin (lower body), Ales Hemsky (lower body)

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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