Stars suffer first loss, fall 5-4 to Lightning

After opening the season with four straight victories the Dallas Stars suffered their first loss of the season, falling 5-4 at Tampa Bay Monday night. The Stars gave up four power play goals on five shorthanded chances and were outshot 44-19 in the game.

Kari Lehtonen made 39 saves, including some great ones to keep the Stars in the game. Toby Petersen, Adam Burish, Brenden Morrow and James Neal scored for the Stars, who are now 4-1-0 on the season.

The Lightning extended their lead to 5-2 in the third period with another power play goal. Teddy Purcell set up Dominic Moore, who backhanded the puck past Lehtonen from close range 6:11 into the period.

But just 13 seconds later the Stars made it a 5-3 game. Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith mishandled the puck behind his own net and the end result was Morrow scoring off a scramble in front of the net.

The Stars scored with 1:00 remaining to make it a 5-4 game. With Lehtonen out of the net for an extra attacker, Brad Richards sent a pass from the left circle to Neal, who scored from the right circle.

The Stars got a power play for the final 57 seconds of the game, but couldn’t get the equalizer. The Stars finished the game 0-5 on the power play.

Second period

The Dallas Stars are down 4-2 after two periods in Tampa Bay tonight, and it could be worse. They were outshot 20-3 in the second period, but only got outscored 2-1. Kari Lehtonen came up with some big saves to keep the Stars in the game.

The Stars tied the game at 2-2 at the 6:04 mark of the second on Adam Burish’s first goal of the season. Brenden Morrow chipped the puck to Mike Ribeiro, who found Burish in the slot and Burish knocked it past Bolts goalie Mike Smith.

After that it was all Lightning. Tampa took the lead at the 9:26 of the second after Teddy Purcell made a nice play to keep Burish from clearing the puck out of the Dallas zone. Steven Stamkos centered a pass from the corner to Sean Bergenheim, who scored from close range.

Tampa scored its third power play goal of the game with 1:54 left in the period when a Pavel Kubina shot from the point deflected off Dominic Moore and into the net.

Some notes from the second period:

  • Tampa outshot the Stars 20-3 in the second period and has a 35-10 shots advantage for the game.

  • The Stars are 1-4 on the penalty kill in the game and 0-3 on the power play.

  • The Stars won 15-24 faceoffs in the second period and have won 21-42 for the game.

  • The Stars line of James Neal, Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson has yet to register a shot in the game.

  • Tampa’s Steven Stamkos has one goal and two assists in the game.

First period

The Dallas Stars trail the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 after one period. All the scoring came in the last five minutes of the period and all it came on special teams.

The first two goals came on Tampa Bay’s first power play of the game. Stars’ forward Toby Petersen struck first, scoring shorthanded to give the Stars a 1-0 lead at the 15:04 mark. After a Tampa turnover in the Dallas zone, Petersen raced down the right wing and beat Bolts goalie Mike Smith with a wrist shot from the circle.

The Lightning tied it 1:17 later when Martin St. Louis shot from the left point deflected off Steve Downie and past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead with 13.2 seconds left in the period with another power play goal. Victor Hedman’s shot from the left point bounced off Lehtonen and Steven Stamkos scored on the rebound.

Some notes from the first period:

  • Tampa Bay outshot the Stars 15-7.

  • Five of Tampa’s 15 shots came on the power play.

  • Dallas was 0-2 on the power play and Tampa Bay was 2-2 with the man-advantage.

  • The Stars won 6 of 18 (33.3%) of faceoffs in the first period.

  • Krys Barch and Jeff Woywitka were tonight’s healthy scratches. Aaron Gagnon, recalled from Texas of the AHL Sunday, is playing right wing on a line with Tom Wandell at center and Toby Petersen on left wing. Steve Ott is centering Brian Sutherby and Brandon Segal. The Stars’ top two lines remain the same as the first four games.