Stars win in shootout, 5-4

The Dallas Stars made it two straight to open the season, beating the New York Islanders 5-4 in a shootout Saturday night in Long Island. Kari Lehtonen made 43 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout. Mike Ribeiro scored the lone goal of the shootout and had two assists in the game. Brenden Morrow had two goals for the Stars and Jamie Benn and Stephane Robidas also scored. Brad Richards had two assists.

Ribeiro, the third shooter for the Stars in the shootout, deked and then slipped the puck past Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro to the give the Stars the win.

Lehtonen stopped Frans Nielsen, P.A. Parenteau and Matt Moulson in the shootout.

The Stars were outshot 47-22 in the game, including 23-5 in the third period.

3rd period

The Islanders were all over the Stars in third period, outshooting them 23-5 and outscoring them 2-1 to tie the game at 4-4 to force the overtime.

The Stars actually scored first in the period when Brenden Morrow deflected a Mike Ribeiro pass into the net to give the Stars a 4-2 lead 7:12 into the period.

The Islanders cut the lead to 4-3 just 1:33 later when Blake Comeau scored off a blast from just inside the blue line, beating a screened Kari Lehtonen.

The Islanders kept up the pressure but couldn't break through until they got a power play chance with 3:43 left when Stephane Robidas threw the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty. Matt Moulson scored off a rebound with 2:29 remaining to tie the game at 4-4.

Robidas took another delay of game penalty with 2:07 left, but the Stars were able to kill that one off to get the game to overtime.

The Stars lost Jamie Benn in the third period. He was hit hard in the neutral zone by Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski and was little wobbly as he was helped to the bench.

2nd period

The Dallas Stars are holding a 3-2 lead over the New York Islanders after two periods.

The Islanders came out with a strong push early in the period, but the Stars did get a chance to extend their 2-0 lead with a power play but couldn't take advantage.

Th Islanders got their third chance with the man-advantage a short time later and and cashed in to make it a 2-1 game.

Josh Bailey won a faceoff against Steve Ott and James Wisniewski scored off a slap shot from the left point at the 6:21 mark.

The Stars were able to get the two-goal lead back at the 13:45 mark on a great play by Mike Ribeiro. He picked off a pass in the neutral zone, skated into the Islanders zone, slipped around Wisniewski and then wired a pass to Brenden Morrow, who scored from the bottom of the left circle to make it a 3-1 game.

The Islanders bounced back to cut the lead to 3-2 by taking advantage of a 1:36 five-on-three power play. With Nicklas Grossman (interference) and Steve Ott (tripping) in the penalty box, Doug Weight's pass attempt bounced off Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins and by Kari Lehtonen at 15:24 mark.

The Stars were able to kill off the remaining five-on-four and drew a penalty late in the period and will have 1:40 of power play time left when the third period starts.

Some notes from the second:

  • Both teams had 10 shots in the second period and the Islanders have a 23-16 advantage for the game.

  • The Islanders were 2-3 on the power play in the period.

  • The Stars won 8-16 faceoffs in the second period and have won 17 of 37 (46 percent) for the game.

  • Marc Crawford juggled his lines in the second period. Krys Barch moved to left wing on the line with Jamie Benn and Steve Ott. Tom Wandell move to center Brian Sutherby and Toby Petersen.

  • Islanders forward John Tavares left the game in the first period and has not returned.

1st period

The Dallas Stars are up 2-0 over the New York Islanders after one period on Long Island.

The Stars survived back-to-back power play chances for the Islanders early and then cashed in on their first power play chance of the game to take the lead. Steve Ott made nice pass from behind the pass to Brad Richards, whose shot from the point generated a rebound and Jamie Benn knocked it home to give Dallas a 1-0 lead 9:52 into the game.

Just 2:07 later the Stars made it a 2-0 game when Stephane Robidas beat Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro with a shot from the point for his first goal of the season.

Kari Lehtonen was sharp in goal for the Stars, stopping all 13 shots he faced. Lehtonen was particularly strong early when the Islanders generated some good chances and had the back-to-back power plays.

Some notes from the firs periodt:

  • Brad Richards had the primary assist on both Dallas goals

  • New York oushot the Stars 13-6 in the period

  • The Stars were 1-2 on the power play in the period and 2-2 on the penalty kill

  • The Stars won 9 of 21 faceoffs (43 percent)

  • Krys Barch was in the lineup tonight and Brandon Segal was a scratch. Fabian Brunnstrom and Jeff Woywitka were the other scratches.

  • Tom Wandell played only 1:53 in the period. He missed several shifts and then returned late in the period wearing a full cage. No word yet on what happened with Wandell.

  • Steve Ott took Dallas' first penalty of the game, giving him the team's first four penalties of the season. His streak ended when James Neal took a tripping penalty 1:51 later.