The Dallas Stars' two-game winning streak came up to an end Friday night as they fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Eric Nystrom scored two goals for the Stars and Radek Dvorak also scored. Kari Lehtonen stopped 20 of 23 shots for the Stars, who fell to 4-1 in games that have been settled beyond regulation. Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul scored the lone goal in shootout.
The Stars took a 1-0 lead 4:03 into the game. After Jamie Benn won a puck battle at the Toronto blue line, Michael Ryder backhanded the puck to Eric Nystrom, who beat Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson with a shot from the slot.
The Leafs tied the game at 10:55 when defenseman Dion Phaneuf made a nice keep at the Dallas blue line, put the puck on net and Joey Crabb tipped it past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.
The Leafs made it 2-1 when Phaneuf scored off a blast from the point with Toronto on the power play. Time of the goal was 14:53.
The Stars tied the game at 4:38 at the second period with a goal off the rush. Jamie Benn sent the puck to Radek Dvorak, who pushed the puck to Eric Nystrom, who slipped the puck past Jonas Gustavsson for his second goal of the night.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made eight saves in the period, including a couple of good saves to keep it a 2-2 game heading into the third period.
The Stars controlled play early in the third, but the Leafs scored on their first shot of period at the 6:55 mark to take a 3-2 lead. Tim Connolly centered a pass from the right boards and Clarke MacArthur tipped it into the net.
The Stars tied the game with 7:13 remaining when Mike Ribeiro sent a pass from behind the net to Radek Dvorak, who scored from the right circle to make it a 3-3 score.
Stars defenseman Tomas Vincour left the game briefly in the third after getting hit into the boards by Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn. Vincour was down on the ice for a while before skating off the ice. He did return.
The Stars went on a power play with 3:38 remaining, but only had 1:37 of actual PP time when Stephane Robidas called for hooking. The Maple Leafs played the final minute-and-a-half of regulation on the power play, but couldn’t take advantage and the game went to overtime.
After the scoreless five-minute overtime, the game head to a shootout. Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul scored the lone goal of the shootout to give the Leafs the 4-3 win.
Scratches: Barch, Pardy
Injured: Morrow (upper body), Goligoski (broken thumb), Burish (broken hand)