Lose One, Win One in OT: Stars Fall 4-3 in St. Louis, but Triumph 4-3 in Dallas

This past Saturday, the Dallas Stars traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, for a one-game road tilt against the St. Louis Blues. In case you missed it, Dallas lost to St. Louis 4-3 in overtime at the Enterprise Center. Dallas fell to 17-8-4, while St. Louis improved to 15-14-1. Stars goaltender Scott Wedgewood made 30 saves in a losing effort, while Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington made 20 saves for a win.

Stars’ goals came from Mason Marchment, Ty Dellandrea, and Evgenii Dadonov. Blues’ goals were scored by Brandon Saad, Jordan Kyrou, Kevin Hayes, and Colton Parayko. Parayko scored a wrist shot goal, his fifth of the season, 37 seconds into overtime to give the Blues a 5-4 win over the Stars.

After the divisional tilt, Dallas returned home to host the Seattle Kraken for a Monday night hockey game. The Stars edged the Kraken 4-3 in overtime at the American Airlines Center. Dallas improved to 18-8-4, while Seattle fell to 10-14-9.

Stars goaltender Scott Wedgewood made a whopping 35 saves for a hard-fought win, while Kraken goaltender Joey Daccord made 24 saves in a losing effort.

The Stars got off to a fast start in the first period. Matt Duchene opened the first-period scoring with a snap shot into the Kraken’s net for an early 1-0 lead at 1:14. Tyler Seguin and Mason Marchment collected the assists on Duchene’s ninth goal of the season. Jason Robertson doubled the Stars’ lead, 2-0, with a snap shot of his own at 10:20.

The Stars led 2-0 at the end of the first period. Dallas and Seattle’s shots were tied at 13 apiece after the first 20 minutes. Stars goaltender Scott Wedgewood briefly went down, but he remained in the game.

The Stars and Kraken exchanged goals in a back-and-forth second period. Tomas Tatar cut the Stars’ lead in half, 2-1, by firing a snap shot into the home team’s net just 32 seconds in. Matty Beniers collected the lone assist on Tatar’s second goal of the season. Matt Duchene answered with a snap shot of his own, giving the Stars a 3-1 lead at 6:20. Joe Pavelski and Evgenii Dadonov collected the assists on Duchene’s tenth goal of the season and second of the game. Matty Beniers made it a one-goal game, 3-2, by blasting a wrist shot into the Stars’ net at 13:48. Jordan Eberle and Tomas Tatar collected the assists on Beniers’ fifth goal of the season.

The Stars brought a 3-2 lead to the locker room at the end of the second period. Seattle outshot Dallas 27-23 after 40 minutes. Alex Wennberg got a late penalty for roughing Roope Hintz with 21 seconds left in the period, so 1:39 of the 4-on-5 rolled over into the third period.

The third period consisted of multiple penalties for both teams and a late goal by the Kraken. Matty Beniers fired a wrist shot into the Stars’ net to tie the game, 3-3, at 19:38. Eeli Tolvanen collected the lone assist on Beniers’ sixth goal of the season and second of the game. After further review, Beniers’ goal was declared a good goal, despite the Stars’ challenge for offside and not goaltender interference.

The Stars and Kraken were tied 3-3 at the end of regulation. Seattle outshot Dallas 37-27 after a full 60 minutes. As a result, Monday’s game went into overtime.

Thomas Harley tipped in a shot and scored the overtime winner to lift the Stars past the Kraken 4-3 at 2:16. Matt Duchene and Jamie Benn collected the assists on Harley’s game-winning goal, which was also his eighth of the season.

The Stars beat the Kraken 4-3 at the end of overtime. Seattle outshot Dallas 38-28 after a little over 62 minutes.

Notes
Three Stars of the Game for Monday, December 18th
1. Matt Duchene (3 points: 2 goals and 1 assist)
2. Scott Wedgewood (2.95 GAA and .921 SV%)
3. Joe Pavelski (2 points: 2 assists)

Sigh of Relief
Stars head coach Pete DeBoer confirmed Monday, December 18th, that the worst-case scenario has been avoided. Jake Oettinger is officially week-to-week with his lower-body injury. Scott Wedgewood will be in goal Monday night with Matt Murray as a backup goaltender. In addition, DeBoer confirmed Radek Faksa isn’t hurt but will sit on Monday, so Craig Smith and Joel Hanley will be in and Faksa and Nils Lundkvist will be out.

Fast-Acting
The Stars released emergency backup goaltender (EBUG) Joe O’Brien from his amateur tryout agreement on Sunday, December 17th.

Three Stars of the Game for Saturday, December 16th
1. Jordan Kyrou (3 points: 1 goal and 2 assists)
2. Kevin Hayes (2 points: 1 goal and 1 assist)
3. Colton Parayko (1 point: 1 goal)

Up Next
The Stars will welcome the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Central.

Ana Kieu

Ana Kieu is a journalist by trade. Her love for sports shows in her writing, editing, and podcasting work. She writes about the NHL for Inside The Rink.

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