Denis Gurianov scored on an urgent backhander with 4:15 in overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory in their home start over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.
Braden Holtby kept Dallas in the game by stopping 43 shots. Of the Stars’ three wins, two were in overtime and one in a shootout.
For the Kings, Anze Kopitar scored his sixth goal in the first four games of the season, and Gabriel Valardi scored on a five-minute penalty kick.
Valardi’s first goal of the season came from the right circle with just under 3 minutes left of the second period, and right after veteran Kings defender Drew Doughty was helped off the ice with a knee injury and did not return. Stars rookie defender Jari Hakanpaa got the major to kneel and for a game.
Jonathan Quick made 19 saves for the Kings.
Dallas’ first two goals both came on power play. Tyler Seguin scored in the last minute of the first period for his first point of the season (he also had an assist in the game). Miro Heiskanen’s power play goal came 10:58 in the third period seconds after a 5-on-3 expired.
Kopitar opened the scoring on a back-door button from Viktor Arvidsson, who slid a through-play traffic on one knee with about three minutes left of the first period.
With goals in each of Los Angeles’ first four games, Kopitar is two games less than the franchise record for opening a season (Charlie Simmer, six games for opening 1979-80) and matched his career best in games in a row with a Goal.
Seguin quickly equalized 1-1 with Doughty from to cross-check. Seguin’s one-timer from the left faceoff dot followed a pass from the right point by Ryan Suter with 40 seconds left of the opening period.
Seguin only played the last three games last season after a hip operation in November 2020.
Kings: Saturday in St. Louis is finishing their first back-to-back this season. It is also the first of two in a row in St. Louis.
Stars: Monday at Columbus, their fourth straight road opponent from the East.
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