DALLAS (AP) – Joe Pavelski scored two goals and three assists for his first five-point game of his career, Jason Robertson extended his NHL-best home game series to 11 games and the Dallas Stars won 5-2 in their first encounter against the extension Seattle Kraken on Wednesday night.
Dallas Stars 5, Seattle Kraken 2: Box Score
The linemates came in the first minute of play with 37-year-old Pavelski’s pass in the left circle for Robertson’s shot from Roope Hintz’s skate, which was credited with his 14th goal before two assists.
Hintz received the main assist for Robertson’s power play goal, which brought the stars 3-1 ahead with 6:59 in the first period. Robertson had a skillful stick work for a brief backhand to Philipp Grubauer.
Pavelski received his last assist 1:42 minutes before the 179-foot goal from Jani Hakanpaa with an empty net.
Dallas has won its last five home games and 13 of 14 at the American Airlines Center.
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Star goalkeeper Jake Oettinger had 23 saves. Grubauer stopped 20 of 24 shots.
Jared McCann scored his 15th goal as a team leader and also assisted on Calle Jarnkrok’s power play goal for the Kraken, who were 0-5-1 in their last six games.
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Pavelski’s two goals, which earned him 15 for the season, came straight from the net. It was his fourth two-goal game this season, all in their last 16 games.
In the middle of the first third, Miro Heiskanen shot close to the blue line just to the left of the net, then bounced off the boards hard and was hit by Pavelski. The stars regained their two-goal lead when Isa Lindell passed to Pavelski just before goal towards the end of the second period.
Robertson has six goals and 11 assists in the home series. Including the road, he has accumulated points in a total of eight games in a row, with five goals and seven assists.
Seattle tied 1-1 in the first third with 11:35 minutes when Marcus Johansson made a pass from the side to Jarnkrok in front. Pavelski scored the tiebreaker goal about 2 1/2 minutes later and the Stars led the rest of the way.
Defender Jamie Oleksiak was the player Seattle took from the Stars in the expansion draft. A video of Oleksiak highlights with Dallas was shown during the game’s first break and he got a nice ovation when shown on the Seattle bench and he applauded the fans from there. Oleksiak made 286 regular season games for Dallas over nine seasons after being 14th overall in the 2011 draft.
NOTES: Dallas coach Rick Bowness said goalkeeper Braden Holtby and striker Denis Gurinov both tested positive and were on COVID-19 logs. The stars also added striker Alexander Radulov and two members of their support team to the NHL logs on Wednesday. … Stars center Tanner Kero came back from his concussion protocol and played for the first time since his blindside hit against Chicago on December 18th. … The Las Vegas Knights, the NHL’s previous expansion team, played their very first game in Dallas. You beat the stars 2-1 on October 6, 2017
Kraken: In St. Louis on Thursday night.
Stars: In Florida, a route of six out of seven is to be opened on the street on Friday evening.
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