The Dallas Stars beat the Los Angeles Kings in OT on Friday night 3-2. This is the second overtime win for the Stars this season. It was beautiful to see the American Airlines center packed for a hockey game. Let’s break down what happened in each period and see how the Stars won the game.
Dallas Stars first period overview
The Kings dominated most of the first period by controlling the puck and getting shots on the net. Like I mentioned in the pregame report, Anze Kopitar was going to be a force for the Kings in this game. Kopitar got the Kings on the board first in this game on a breakaway.
Despite the Dallas Stars being outshot 14-4 in the first period, they managed to keep it tied at the end of the first period. Tyler Seguin scored on the power play late at the end of the first on a one-timer from the left faceoff circle.
Dallas Stars second period overview
The second period went mostly back and forth between both teams until the middle of the second period. That’s when Drew Doughty went down after a knee-to-knee collision with Jani Hakanpaa and went on a 5-minute power play. The Kings would score on the power play and would keep the lead going into the third period.
Dallas Stars third period overview
The Stars needed to get something early on in the third period or else the Kings would most likely win this game. The Stars would go on the power play and Miro Heiskanen would tie this game up.
That Power Play goal would make him the youngest defenseman in Stars history to reach 100 points. Luckily, he’s our all-star defenseman for the next 8 seasons, and don’t have to worry about him being traded. The third period would end and we would go to overtime once again this season.
Dallas Stars overtime overview
Braden Holtby deserves some of the credit for keeping the Stars alive in overtime. Holtby was deflecting pucks left and right for most of overtime. Dennis Gurianov made sure the Stars would not see a shootout as he gets the game-winner with less than a minute left.
The Stars are now 3-2 early in the season and hopefully, we can add some more wins as the season goes on. Next up for the Stars is a quick road trip to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Blue Jackets.