The New York Islanders went down to Dallas to take on the Stars. Semyon Varlamov was back in net for New York and in the first period he was tested early and often. Marian Studenic got the Stars on the board first on a controversial goal.
Barry Trotz decided to challenge but the call on the ice stood. Here was the explination from the NHL:
Video review determined incidental contact between Dallas'and Islanders goaltender occurred in the white ice and, therefore, did not constitute goaltender interference. The decision was made in accordance with rule 69.1, which states in part,"Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed, when such contact is initiated outside of the goal crease…
JG Pageau, who has been hot scoring goals, would score off a beautiful play from Noah Dobson to tie this game up at one.
Unfortunately though, a late period goal would give the Stars a 2-1 lead. Tyler Seguin was able to get in down low and beat Semyon Varlamov.
In the second, the Islanders came out hot. Brock Nelson scored his 33rd goal of the season on the rush with Noah Dobson
In his last 30 games, Brock Nelson has 19 goals. For context, Mathew Barzal has 14 goals on the enitrity of the season. The Isles would go to the power play at the halfway point of the period but put in a brutal effort on the man advantage. Radek Faksa scored short handed giving the Stars a 3-2 lead after two periods.
After 18 shots in the first and 11 shots in the second, the Dallas Stars had 29 shots on Semyon Varlamov with still 20 minutes to go.
In the third period, the Islanders tried to get things going offensively after a rough second period. They looked better, especially in the final five minutes. Barzal had an unbelievable look at the 17 minute mark but an unreal save from Jake Oettinger kept Dallas in front.
The Islanders pulled the goalie but were unable to get anything to go. Dallas hung on and won 3-2. Dallas had 40 shots on goal, keeping Semyon Varlamov busy and the offense couldn't do enough tonight in Texas. They are back in action on Friday, in Carolina.