Hurricanes top Stars in OT to win matchup of 1st place teams

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DALLAS – Martin Necas scored 1:34 into overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in a game of division leaders on Wednesday night.

Sebastian Aho had a shorthanded goal and Brent Burns also scored for the Hurricanes, who lead the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference. The game winner was Necas’ 19th goal this season.

Dallas remains atop the Western Conference, and the Central Division, after its second straight 3-2 overtime loss at home. Jason Robertson scored his 33rd goal for the Stars, and 19-year-old rookie Wyatt Johnston scored his 13th.

Carolina goalkeeper Frederik Andersen did not return after the first intermission due to an upper body injury, shortly after a strange sequence that ended with Robertson scoring on a shot from what appeared to be an angle possible

The puck bounced on the ice behind Andersen and settled against the post after Tyler Seguin’s shot before the goalie could swipe it to the right. Robertson then fired from behind Andersen, and the puck seemingly deflected off him and into the net for a 2-1 Dallas lead. It was Robertson’s 33rd goal by all assists.

Antti Raanta replaced Andersen and stopped all 15 shots he faced — none in overtime — after the starter’s four saves. Raanta had to stop being hit in the head by the stick of Mason Marchment when the Stars forward was behind the net fighting for the puck midway through the third period.

Star goaltender Jake Oettinger stopped 22 shots, including a wrist glove save by Andrei Svechnikov with just over five minutes left in regulation.

Aho’s 200th career goal put Carolina up 1-0 midway through the first period. The Stars got even just over two minutes later when Johnston scored unassisted after a faceoff.

Johnston also had a shot off the post with just under six minutes remaining.

Between the first two goals, Oettinger went into full separation, with his right skate against the post, to deny Paul Stastny’s attempt to knock down a loose puck.

Burns tied the game at 2 in the second period, getting the puck after a faceoff, then skating across the top of the circle and scoring top shelf over Oettinger’s left shoulder.

NOTE: A march was coming out of the penalty box at the same time Carolina made an errant pass in the second period. He had a breakaway effort, but couldn’t get enough control of the puck to get a good shot. Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce and Stars center Luke Glendening both received five-minute penalties for fighting in the second period.

UP THE FATHER

Hurricanes: Plays San Jose on Friday night in the first of three consecutive home games.

Stars: Host the New Jersey Devils on Friday night in their final game before the All-Star break.

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