Stars fall to Carolina, lose second straight overtime

Overtime hasn’t been good for the stars this season.

For the second straight game, it took Dallas and an Eastern Conference opponent more than 60 minutes to settle the score at the American Airlines Center.

And for the second year in a row, the Stars lost 3-2 in overtime, this time to the Hurricanes.

“We always try to get two points,” said Luke Glendening. “But if you can get one, we’ll take it.”

Carolina’s Martin Necas, who beat the Stars in overtime on December 17 in Raleigh, did so again 1:34 in the extra five minutes. The Stars have lost nine of their 12 games that went to overtime or shootouts.

While the game took extra time to declare a winner, it was almost decided in the first period. The Hurricanes counterattacked well and gave the visitors an early advantage by scoring a man down.

As the Stars’ top power play line entered the offensive zone, Carolina knocked the puck away and Sebastian Aho grabbed it with all the ice in front of him. Without resistance, he slid down, hitting Jake Oettinger with a swing and scoring. It was only the third shorthanded goal the Stars scored all season.

The Hurricanes soon after turned a two-on-one almost into a 2-0 lead, only to be thwarted by Oettinger with a superb save with the end of his skate.

“We were on our heels early,” said coach Pete DeBoer. “They put a lot of pressure on us in the first 10 minutes. They controlled the game and that game could easily have gotten out of control.”

Dallas faltered. Then Wyatt Johnston found the back of the net.

Paul Stastny won a faceoff about two minutes after the aho goal and passed the puck to Dylan Coghlan. But Coghlan’s clearance was crushed by Johnston, who captured the puck and held an unsuspecting Frederik Andersen with five.

“He was our best player tonight,” DeBoer said. “That speaks against a team like that coming in here. I thought he was fantastic.”

Jason Robertson later scored in the first goal just seconds after Tyler Seguin’s top shot bounced up and over Andersen, hitting the post. Andersen cleared it off the line but sent the puck straight to Robertson, who shot it home from behind Andersen’s goal line.

Brent Burns equalized the result after a faceoff in a second period in which Dallas didn’t cause much offence. The team had just six shots against Antti Raanta, who came on from Andersen’s injury early in the third.

During their only power-play opportunity of that period, the Stars failed to create a chance that might put a little scare on Carolina’s penalty shootout. The Hurricanes kept them without a shot during the two-minute stretch and even managed to get a shot on goal for themselves.

Neither side managed to get shots into the net. Carolina went into overtime with just 23 shots while Dallas only had 21.

Johnston had the best chance of the third period when he spun and fired a cracker that ricocheted off the top corner of the post. He also had a great all round punch which was denied by Raanta.

“It’s definitely frustrating when you get close, but it doesn’t go all the way in,” said 19-year-old Johnston. “But the biggest thing really is getting those opportunities and building that confidence.”

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