Hurricanes top Stars in OT to win matchup of 1st-place teams

DALLAS (AP) — The only way the Carolina Hurricanes and Dallas Stars meet yet again this year is if they make the Stanley Cup Last. Even though there is certainly still a very long way to go, both equally groups are taking part in quite excellent hockey just before the All-Star break.

DALLAS (AP) — The only way the Carolina Hurricanes and Dallas Stars fulfill all over again this season is if they make the Stanley Cup Final. While there is certainly still a extended way to go, each teams are participating in very superior hockey just right before the All-Star crack.

Martin Necas scored 1:34 into overtime to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 win more than the Western Conference leaders in a matchup of to start with-put teams Wednesday evening.

“They’re taking part in kind of similar hockey like we do. It’s generally challenging going against them,” mentioned Necas, who also experienced an OT winner when the groups performed in December. “Fortunate, 2 times in overtime we defeat them.”

Sebastian Aho scored shorthanded for his 200th job objective and Brent Burns also scored for the Hurricanes, who guide the Metropolitan Division in the Japanese Meeting. The video game-winner was Necas’ 19th objective this period.

Dallas is continue to atop the Central Division right after consecutive 3-2 additional time losses at residence. The Stars are 3-9 in games that have absent over and above regulation.

“The extra time thing, it is a tiny little bit of a self-satisfying prophecy ideal now. We just don’t have a large amount of self confidence for whichever reason in overtime,” mentor Pete DeBoer reported. “We’ve received to discover that swagger once more.”

Jason Robertson scored his 33rd target for Dallas, and 19-12 months-previous rookie Wyatt Johnston obtained his 13th.

Carolina goalie Frederik Andersen did not return right after the very first intermission simply because of an higher-human body injury, before long soon after a bizarre sequence that ended with Robertson scoring on a shot from what seemed to be an extremely hard angle.

The puck was bouncing on the ice powering Andersen and settled towards the submit following Tyler Seguin’s shot in advance of the goalie was capable to swipe it absent to his appropriate. Robertson then shot from guiding Andersen, and the puck apparently ricocheted off him and into the net for a 2-1 Dallas direct. Robertson’s 33rd objective matched his assists full as a result of 50 online games.

Antti Raanta replaced Andersen and stopped all 15 photographs he faced — none in extra time — soon after the starter experienced four will save. Raanta had to shake off receiving struck in the head by Mason Marchment’s stick when the Stars ahead was at the rear of the web combating for the puck halfway by way of the 3rd period.

“We did not give up a ton, which was wonderful. It’s a tough place to arrive in, clearly, when you’re chilly and on the bench,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said of Raanta. “But, you know, he’s been around. He is aware that that is aspect of his work. And definitely he did it nicely.”

Stars goalie Jake Oettinger stopped 22 pictures, which include a glove help save of Andrei Svechnikov’s wrister with just far more than five minutes remaining in regulation.

In the first interval, Oettinger went into a comprehensive break up, with his right skate against the write-up, to deny Paul Stastny’s endeavor to knock in a free puck.

Aho put Carolina up 1- halfway as a result of the first period with his 16th occupation shorter-handed goal, matching captain Eric Staal’s franchise file. The Stars acquired even just extra than two minutes afterwards when Johnston scored unassisted immediately after a faceoff.

Johnston also experienced a shot ricochet off the submit with just underneath six minutes left.

Burns tied the recreation at 2 in the next interval, obtaining the puck just after a faceoff, then skating about the top of the circle and scoring major shelf more than Oettinger’s remaining shoulder.

NOTES: Carolina improved to 8-8 in online games previous regulation. … Marchment was coming out of the penalty box at the exact same time as an errant move in the second period of time. He experienced a breakaway attempt, but could not get enough regulate of the puck to get off a high quality shot. … Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce and Stars heart Luke Glendening both of those bought 5-minute penalties for combating in the next time period.

UP Subsequent

Hurricanes: Will enjoy San Jose on Friday night time in the first of three consecutive household game titles.

Stars: Host the New Jersey Devils on Friday night time in their final activity right before the All-Star crack.

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Stephen Hawkins, The Associated Push