Dallas Stars defenseman Julius Honka (6) scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday, in overtime, to give the Stars a 3-2 win over Arizona. LM Otero AP
Dallas Stars defenseman Julius Honka (6) scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday, in overtime, to give the Stars a 3-2 win over Arizona. LM Otero AP

Dallas Stars

Honka’s first NHL goal wins it for Stars in overtime

The Associated Press

April 04, 2017 10:41 PM

DALLAS

Julius Honka scored his first NHL goal 3:45 into overtime, and the Dallas Stars beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Skating with rookies Honka and Gemel Smith, Jason Spezza sent a cross-ice pass to Honka in the right faceoff circle, and his shot went high into the net past Arizona goalie Mike Smith.

Brett Ritchie and Jason Dickinson scored for Dallas after Arizona giveaways in the first period, and Antti Niemi stopped 24 shots to improve to 17-6-4 against the Coyotes.

Christian Dvorak pulled Arizona within one just 12 seconds after Dickinson had given the Stars a 2-0 lead, and Anthony Duclair tied it with 4:27 remaining in regulation. Smith finished with 28 saves.

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The Stars’ win means that neither team will have a winning streak longer than three games this season. Arizona had won its previous two games.

Dallas had lost three of four on the road, but now has won three straight at home.

In the first period, Anthony DeAngelo gave up the puck to Ritchie low in the slot, and he beat Smith with a wrist shot. Later, Adam Cracknell tipped the puck away from the Coyotes to Dickinson at the left of the goal. He sent a wrist shot over Smith’s pad into the left of the net.

Dvorak won five of six faceoffs in the first period, including the one following Dickinson’s goal. The puck came back to Dvorak, and he put a wrist shot past Niemi, who hadn’t faced a shot on goal in more than 14 minutes.

In the third, Duclair took a pass in the left circle and beat Niemi with a snap shot to tie it.

Briefly

▪ RW Radim Vrbata, the Coyotes’ leader with 18 goals, missed his first game this season, because of a lower-body injury. D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who also played in Arizona’s first 79, will not play again this season. He is on a leave of absence following his mother’s death.

▪ Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie (cut above his right eye) missed his third straight game.

▪ Cracknell’s assist was his career-high sixth. The seventh-year player also has career highs with 10 goals and 16 points. Dickinson has two goals in nine NHL games. Honka has played in 14.

▪ Alexander Burmistrov, who assisted on Duclair’s goal, has four points (three goals, one assist) in the past three games.

▪ Each team was 0 for 3 on the power play.

Up next

Coyotes: Host Vancouver on Thursday night.

Stars: Host Nashville on Thursday night.

Arizona

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Dallas

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First Period—1, Dallas, Ritchie 16, 13:54. 2, Dallas, Dickinson 1 (Cracknell), 17:12. 3, Arizona, Dvorak 15 (Mcginn, Keller), 17:24.

Second Period—None.

Third Period—4, Arizona, Duclair 5 (Burmistrov, Domi), 15:33.

Overtime—5, Dallas, Honka 1 (G.Smith, Spezza), 3:45.

Shots on Goal—Arizona 9-6-8-3—26. Dallas 10-6-12-3—31. Power-play opportunities—Arizona 0 of 3; Dallas 0 of 3. Goalies—Arizona, M.Smith 19-25-9 (31 shots-28 saves). Dallas, Niemi 12-12-4 (26-24). A—16,876 (18,532). T—2:28.