Stars-Jackets tied at 1 in first period

DALLAS -- Stars left wing Vernon Fiddler, certainly a spark plug so far in the first period, scored on a rebound chance past a sprawling Steve Mason to tie the score at one.

The Stars fell behind early in the period thanks to a defensive breakdown and allowed Rick Nash alone out in front of the net with the puck, where he deposited it past Kari Lehtonen for a 1-0 lead.

Lehtonen returned after missing 12 games because of a groin strain. He was injured on Nov. 26 in Phoenix.

Dallas is getting plenty of shots on Mason early in the game.