The Dallas Stars came home to the American Airlines Center on Friday night for their three-game home stand. They handed a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins only 24 hours after sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks. After Dallas was down 2-1, it didn’t give up and came away with a shootout victory.
The first period of action was all Pittsburgh. Halfway through the period, Riley Sheahan scored his fifth goal of the season on a beautiful shot between Kari Lehtonen’s legs. The Stars led in the hitting department. Dallas racked up three penalties, but Pittsburgh committed four penalties. Penalty kills were not the Stars’ strong point. The Penguins’ Carl Hagelin intercepted a pass when the Stars had a two-man advantage. He used his superhuman speed to gain a breakaway, and he scored. Dallas’s Tyler Seguin scored with just more than 2 minutes left in the period, making it 2-1. Pittsburgh finished the period leading in the shot 13-9.
Through the second period, the Stars and the Penguins recorded shots. It was an uneventful period, but each team fought for possession. As the period progressed, the Stars settled in and became more comfortable with the puck. The Stars finished the period with 12 shots to the Penguins’ seven shots.
Goals filled the net in the third period. Dallas continued where it left off offensively. Showing more confidence, the Stars attacked harder and piled on the shots. Eventually, Dallas’s John Klingberg ripped a shot past Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray. Four minutes later, Dan Hamhuis shot a laser, beating Murray on the high blocker side. The Penguins didn’t give up there. In a last ditch effort, the Penguins pulled their goalie to add an extra skater. With under two minutes left in the game, Justin Schultz, a Penguins defenseman, rocketed the equalizer past Lehtonen, sending the game into overtime.
After a mind-blowing third period, the insane energy continued in overtime. The Stars recorded five shots and multiple scoring chances but were unsuccessful. A shootout was required to finish this game. Lehtonen was perfect for all three shots, and Seguin was the only player to score in the shootout.
Dallas held Pittsburg’s captain, Sidney Crosby, scoreless, and Tyler Seguin extended his goal streak to five games. After the defenseman scoring battle in the third period, Dallas has accumulated two more points in the division as the Stars nip at the heels of the St. Louis Blues. This is the Stars’ fourth comeback victory of its five-game winning streak. Dallas takes on the Vancouver Canucks at 3 p.m. Sunday in American Airlines Center.