Stars Win 2-1 in a Shootout Thriller Over the Blues

Photo: Elias Valverde

The Dallas Stars opened the 2023-24 NHL season with a home opener against the division rival St. Louis Blues in front of a sellout crowd at American Airlines Center on Thursday night. The Stars (1-0-0) defeated the Blues (0-0-1) by a final score of 2-1.

Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger made 25 saves for a win, while Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington made 33 saves in a losing effort.

As a new chapter unfolded for the Stars, Stars fans were invited to a Victory Green Carpet Walk, presented by Toyota, at 3:30 p.m. Central and a party at PNC Plaza before the doors opened at 5:30 p.m. and the Stars suggested that they sit in their seats at 6:30 p.m.

Neither team scored in the first period. The game was scoreless after 20 minutes. Dallas outshot St. Louis 10-6.

The division rivalry action began in the second period. Stars captain Jamie Benn quickly opened the scoring for the Stars, who took a 1-0 lead 18 seconds into the second. Ty Dellandrea and Wyatt Johnston collected the assists on Benn’s wrist shot.

But, a little over two minutes later, the Blues tied the game 1-1 at 2:37 of the second. Tyler Tucker fired a snap-shot into the net for the game-tying goal. Jakub Vrana and Sammy Blais collected the assists on Tucker’s equalizer.

The Stars and the Blues were tied 1-1 through 40 minutes. Dallas outshot St. Louis 20-18.

Neither team scored for the go-ahead lead in the third period. The game was tied 1-1 after 60 minutes. Dallas outshot St. Louis 31-21.

The game went to the overtime period. The Stars went on a power play with 42 seconds left in overtime but couldn’t capitalize with the man advantage because of Jordan Binnington’s spectacular saves.

The game went to the shootout. Jason Robertson and Matt Duchene scored for the Stars, but Tyler Seguin missed. Brayden Schenn scored for the Blues, but Pavel Buchnevich and Jordan Kyrou missed. The Stars won 2-1 in a shootout.

Notes
Injury report
Roope Hintz was out tonight with an upper-body injury.

Stars’ starting lineup
Jani Hakanpää, Wyatt Johnston, Ty Dellandrea, Thomas Harley, Jamie Benn, and Jake Oettinger.

Stars’ expected lines
Jason Robertson – Tyler Seguin – Joe Pavelski
Jamie Benn – Wyatt Johnston – Ty Dellandrea
Mason Marchment – Matt Duchene – Evgenii Dadonov
Sam Steel – Radek Faksa – Craig Smith

Ryan Suter – Miro Heiskanen
Esa Lindell – Nils Lundkvist
Thomas Harley – Jani Hakanpää

Jake Oettinger

Stars’ 2023-24 broadcast schedule
Bally Sports Southwest returned for its 31st year broadcasting Stars telecasts, beginning with the Stars’ regular-season opener against the Blues. All Stars games televised on Bally Sports Southwest and BSSW Extra can be streamed on the Bally Sports app by signing in through their pay-TV service or subscribing to Bally Sports+. For more information, visit www.getmyhometeams.com and www.BallySportsPlus.com.

Up Next
The Stars will take on the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, October 17, at 9:30 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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