Tyler Seguin scored two goals, and Mason Marchment provided two assists for the Stars (11-4-1). Jake Oettinger made 32 saves and conceded more than three goals for the first time this season.
“It’s something I never could have anticipated,” Seguin said regarding the failure to maintain the lead. “It’s unfamiliar territory for us. I can’t remember the last time something like this happened, where we were up by three and then lost the game like that. We’re glad it happened now, not during the playoffs or late in the season. It’s a valuable learning experience for us to analyze and grow from.”
Seguin gave Dallas a 1-0 advantage at 10:33 of the first period when Marchment located him at the back door from below the goal line.
Joe Pavelski made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 14:21, firing a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Jason Robertson.
“It just demonstrates how delicate the balance is when things are going well and when they start to turn,” Pavelski said. “It’s an early lesson that we can learn from. No lead is truly secure. We have to keep putting teams away and doing things the right way. It’s okay if we have to learn it now. Good teams, if you give them an inch and some confidence, they start moving, and you see what they can do.”
Seguin increased the lead to 3-0 at 2:12 of the second period with a rebound from the bottom of the right face-off circle.
“Tonight, we knew we were playing well and we still had the belief that we could win,” Makar said. “It was a very lively bench, a very lively game, and it’s a lot of fun when the guys are playing like that. When we control the pace of the game, that’s the way we like to play. Credit to a lot of forwards tonight, I feel like they did a really good job.”
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