Lightning 3, Stars 3
DALLAS (AP) _ Defenseman Bill Houlder scored the tying goal with 13:21 left in regulation as the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 3-3 tie with the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
Houlder notched his first goal of the season when he skated up from the blue line and scored from in front of the net on a pass from Petr Klima, who dug the puck out of the left corner.
Dallas had a four-on-three power-play edge in the overtime but was unable to get the game-winner.
The Lightning applied third-period pressure, outshooting the Stars, 13-5, but Tampa Bay wasn’t able to put the go-ahead goal past Dallas goalie Darcy Wakaluk. Tampa Bay held a 38-30 advantage in shots.
Dallas struggled on the power play, going one-for-eight with the manpower advantge.
Dallas’ Greg Adams broke a 1-1 tie at 16:08 of the first period, blasting a slap shot from the middle of the right circle past Puppa for his fourth goal of the season.
Mike Modano made it 3-1 at 8:58 of the second, capitalizing on a two-man advantage. Modano one-timed Grant Ledyard’s pass from 30 feet for his fifth goal of the season while Tampa Bay’s Brian Bradley and Eric Sharron were on the penalty box. Modano has at least one point in the last five games.
But the Lightning anwered with 3:00 left in the second period, narrowing the deficit to 3-2 on Chris Gratton’s power-play goal, his fifth of the season. Gratton lifted a rebound over Wakaluk, who had sprawled to the ice to stop Petr Klima’s drive.
Dallas took a 1-0 lead at 5:40 of the first when Trent Klatt knocked in a rebound for his second goal of the season. But at 12:13, Tampa Bay rookie Aaron Gavey tied it with his first NHL goal, firing a 15-footer over the left shoulder of Wakaluk while the Lightning were shorthanded.