|TOR||0||1||2||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|DAL||0||1||2||1||(0 - 0)||4|
DALLAS -- James Neal's net-crashing habit paid off for the Dallas Stars.
Neal's rebound with 2:03 left in overtime gave the Stars a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
Toronto rookie Jonas Gustavsson stopped Stephane Robidas' shot from long range, but Neal skated hard to the net to knock in the rebound for his seventh goal of the season and first of his career in overtime.
"It's a huge goal for him," Stars coach Marc Crawford said. "We had talked all game long about playing a young goaltender that ... there are rebounds that will spray out. It took us all that time to get one and James was the benefactor by having a good habit and being in the right spot. When you do that, good things happen."
The Stars ended a four-game stretch of overtime futility this season. Dallas lost three shootouts and once in overtime before earning the extra point against Toronto.
"Any tight game, obviously it's still early in the season, but that's the type of hockey you want to play in the playoffs," Robidas said.
Brad Richards scored twice, Mike Ribeiro added a goal, and Marty Turco made 33 saves for the Stars. Nikolai Kulemin had two goals for Toronto, Lee Stempniak struck on the power play, and Jason Blake had three assists.
Ribeiro's deflection of Jamie Benn's shot with 2:45 left in regulation tied it at 3, and the Stars went on to control play in the extra session.
"I thought the overtime was our best period for whatever reason," Crawford said. "It looked like we had good command in our own zone, good control of the puck, and it looked like we had some sustainable pressure. Tonight we were able to persevere."
The Maple Leafs lost their first eight games before beating Anaheim 6-3 on the road Monday night, but Toronto was unable to string together a second straight win.
|Brad Richards (4) ASST: James Neal (7), Matt Niskanen (3)|
1 - 0 DAL
|Nikolai Kulemin (1) ASST: Jason Blake (3), John Mitchell (4)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Brad Richards (5) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (7), Matt Niskanen (4)|
2 - 1 DAL
|PPG - Lee Stempniak (3) ASST: Jason Blake (4), Tomas Kaberle (10)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Nikolai Kulemin (2) ASST: Jason Blake (5), Mikhail Grabovski (4)|
3 - 2 TOR
|Mike Ribeiro (4) ASST: Jamie Benn (6), Brenden Morrow (5)|
3 - 3 Tie
|James Neal (7) ASST: Stephane Robidas (5), Karlis Skrastins (3)|
4 - 3 DAL
|Jamie Benn Hi-sticking against Niklas Hagman|
|Jonas Gustavsson Delay of game against Tom Wandell|
|Alexei Ponikarovsky Interference against Brenden Morrow|
|Mike Komisarek Hi-sticking against Mike Ribeiro|
|Brenden Morrow Holding against Matt Stajan|
|SA: 36||TOI: 62:57|
|Saves: 32||EV: 29 - 32|
|PIM: 2||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .889||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 36||TOI: 62:57|
|Saves: 33||EV: 32 - 34|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .917||SH: 0 - 0|