RECAP: Dallas Stars edge Lightning to earn split of two-game series

By Field Level Media
Mar 25, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (29) turns away a shot by Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (37) during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Roope Hintz had a goal and two assists, scoring the winner on a breakaway with 1:21 remaining as the Dallas Stars defeated the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 Thursday night to earn a split of their two-game series in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup Final.

Joe Pavelski also had a goal and two assists for the Stars and Miro Heiskanen and Jason Robertson also scored. Goaltender Jake Oettinger made 24 saves.

Yanni Gourde, Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa Bay, which had beaten the Stars in each of their first four meetings this season, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37 of 41 shots.

Vasilevskiy had his franchise-record streak of consecutive victories snapped at 12. It was two shy of the NHL record of 14.

On the tiebreaking goal, Hintz took a pass at the Tampa Bay blue line from Robertson, split two defenders to get free and put a forehander just inside the left post.

The Lightning tied the score at 3-3 with 4:50 left as Palat found the puck after a mad scramble in front of the net and wristed it in.

Trailing 2-1, the Stars scored twice in the final two minutes of the second period.

Pavelski tied it at 18:40 on the power play and fed Robertson for the go-ahead goal on a two-on-one break with 15.6 seconds left in the period.

After a scoreless first period, the Lightning took a 2-0 lead on a pair of rebound goals in the opening six minutes of the second by Gourde and Killorn.

The Stars’ comeback started at 10:54 of the period, as Blake Comeau’s lead pass sent Heiskanen on a breakaway down the left wing. Heiskanen drove to the net, went to his backhand and put a shot into the upper right corner of the net.

Oettinger made a highlight-reel save to keep the Stars within a goal with about 7:30 remaining in the second, after Tampa Bay’s Palat found himself alone with the puck just outside the top of the crease. Palat drew the puck to his forehand and shot it over Oettinger’s right pad, but the rookie was able to get the paddle of his stick on the shot and fell on the rebound.

–Field Level Media