The Dallas Stars had a 4-2 lead in Nashville Monday night, but they couldn’t hold it. The Predators rallied to tie the game in regulation and then won it on Roman Josi’s goal 28 seconds into overtime. Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith, Vernon Fiddler and Loui Eriksson scored for the Stars. Michael Ryder had three assists. Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 26 of 31 shots for the Stars, who are 9-8-2 on the season.
Stars continue to score, but give up goals, too
The Stars have now scored three goals or more in ten straight games, and eleven of their last 12. This is the first time the Stars have had a streak of three or more goals in ten straight games since Nov. 21-Dec. 15, 2001.
Keeping the puck out of the net has been a different matter. The Stars gave allowed four goals or more in four of their last six games, and have given up a total of 24 goals during that stretch. They are 2-3-1 in those six games.
The Stars had a 4-2 lead in the second period, but unsportsmanlike penalties on Eric Nystrom and Vernon Fiddler turned into a five-on-three power play for Nashville, which scored on the two-man advantage to cut the lead to 4-3 and get back in the game.
Power play clicks again
For the second straight game the Dallas power play scored two goals. The Stars were 2-4 Monday night in Nashville and are 4-10 over the last two games.
The Stars had a good chance a little more than six minutes into the game, but Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made a nice save on Stars forward Eric Nystrom’s redirect attempt on a two-on-one rush.
The Predators opened the scoring at the 13:43 mark of the game, snapping their scoreless drought at 133:43. Richard Clune centered the puck from the left corner to Craig Smith, who redirected the puck past Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp.
Nashville got the game’s first power play late in the period, and came close to making it a 2-0 game, but Smith’s shot from the left circle rang off the post.
Nilstorp came up with a big save in the final seconds of the period, kicking out the pad to stop to a tipped puck off the stick of Clune.
The Stars scored two quick goals early in the second to take a 2-1 lead. Matt Fraser scored his first NHL goal, beating Rinne with a blast from the slot at the 1:20 mark. Just 25 seconds later Reilly Smith backhanded a Michael Ryder pass into the net from the top of the crease.
Nashville took a timeout after the second Dallas goal, and tied the game 1:20 later when defenseman Roman Josi scored off a shot from the left point.
The Stars took the lead on their first power play of the game. With a second penalty coming on Nashville, the Stars pulled Nilstorp for the extra attacker and Vernon Fiddler scored off a blast from the left circle at the 7:29 mark.
The Stars immediately went on a 4:00 power play as Nashville’s Mike Fisher headed to the box for high sticking. The Stars scored on the first half of the double minor when a Loui Eriksson shot from the left circle hit Josi and went past Rinne at the 9:21 mark.
The Stars got into some penalty trouble later in the period. Nystrom picked up an unsportsmanlike minor during a fight with Brandon Yip. Fiddler then picked up an unsportsmanlike minor during a scrum with Predators center Mike Fisher. Nashville ended up with 1:21 of five-on-three power play time, and Patric Hornqvist scored on a backhand shot from close range to make it a 4-3 game at 13:43 of the second.
The Predators opened the third period with 1:15 of power play time, but the Stars were able to kill it off.
The Predators drew even with 11:38 left in the third when Fisher slipped between Jamie Oleksiak and Alex Goligoski and backhanded the puck between Nilstorp’s legs to make it a 4-4 game.
And it stayed 4-4 the rest of regulation.
The Predators scored 28 seconds into overtime to win the game. With Jaromir Jagr trying to get to bench for a new stick, the Predators had a man advantage and Josi scored off a blast from the left point to win the game.
Injured: Larsen (head), Rome (foot), Whitney (foot)