The Dallas Stars earned their first victory of the season Saturday night with a 2-1 win against the visiting Washington Capitals.
The high-flying Capitals had scored 10 goals in two games before running into Kari Lehtonen and the Stars. Lehtonen made 25 saves on 26 shots including two at the buzzer to seal the victory.
The Stars played a stronger game in all three zones in comparison to Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers. They blocked more shots, had fewer giveaways and ended with 26 hits again. They killed two of their three penalties, but failed to capitalize on either of their man advantage opportunities.
Alexander Ovechkin opened the scoring 4:26 into the first period with a power play goal from his usual spot in the left circle. Erik Cole answered 8:01 into period on a behind-the-back feed from Seguin behind the net.
Alex Chiasson scored the game-winner 12:07 into the second period on the rebound off a give-and-go with Cody Eakin. A Chiasson hit in the Dallas zone knocked the puck loose and led to a 3-on-2 break. Ray Whitney occupied both Washington defenders by crashing the net, leaving Eakin and Chiasson to set up the play. Eakin entered the zone with the puck and passed it Chiasson, who passed it back for a one-timer. The rebound bounced out in front of the net and Chiasson buried the puck from one knee.
The Stars do not play again until they visit the Winnipeg Jets on October 11.