Loui Eriksson’s goal at 1:36 of overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 4-3 opening night win over the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center Friday night.
Eriksson beat Devils goalie Martin Brodeur with a snap shot from the right circle with the Stars on a two-on-one rush. It was Eriksson’s second goal of the game.
The Stars overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to win the game.
“A huge comeback win for us. Great character and great leadership," Stars coach Marc Crawford told reporters after the game. "Our leaders really led the way. Brenden Morrow was great, [Mike] Ribeiro was great, [Stephane] Robidas was great, [Brad] Richards was great and of course Loui Eriksson scoring the two goals
It was the Stars' first regular season win in New Jersey since March 15, 2000.
Morrow and Richards also scored for the Stars. James Neal had two assists and Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 30 shots.
“I certainly didn’t get the start I wanted, easy goal there at the start of it and then they got the 2-0 lead. It was great to see our guys keep going. When I was having a hard time they picked it up,” Lehtonen told reporters after the game. “New Jersey started to get some more chances and my game started to get better. It was great to see the guys help me out there.”
New Jersey scored twice in the first 7:13 to take a 2-0 lead and almost made it a 3-0 game a couple minutes later, but an Ilya Kovalchuk shot rang off the post. A couple shifts later Ribeiro set up Morrow, who scored from close range to get the Stars back in the game.
Eriksson tied the game off a rebound of a Neal shot in the second and then after New Jersey took a 3-2 lead on a power play goal later in the period, Neal sent a pass from behind the net to Richards, who scored from the top of the crease to tie the game again with 8:22 left in the second period.
The Devils outshot the Stars 13-4 in a scoreless third period. The Stars had a great chance early, but a Brad Richards shot hit the post.
New Jersey had some great chances, but the Stars got some big stops. A stickless Robidas made one of them, making a skate save on a wide open Jamie Langenbrunner. A short time later, Lehtonen stopped Patrick Elias from close range.