Heiskanen, Stars defeat Rangers in OT to win season opener


NEW YORK — Miro Heiskanen scored 1:38 into overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Heiskanen was sprung by a pass from Jamie Benn and scored from the right circle before Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba could recover.

Jacob Peterson scored in his NHL debut in the season opener for the Stars.

Braden Holtby allowed two goals on 27 shots in his Stars debut before leaving for unspecified reasons with 11:53 remaining in the third period.

Holtby was struck in his facemask by Dryden Hunt‘s stick with 14:26 left making a save. He fell to the ice and his mask came off, but he stayed in the game.

Anton Khudobin made six saves in relief.

The Stars also lost defenseman John Klingberg to a lower-body injury. He appeared to sustain the injury in the first period but continued to play through the second. He didn’t return for the third.

The Rangers (0-1-1) responded after going down 2-0 in the second period with goals from Adam Fox and Chris Kreider. Igor Shesterkin made 23 saves in his season debut after Alexandar Georgiev was in net for a 5-1 loss at the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

Peterson gave Dallas a 1-0 lead at 19:25 of the first period, and Radek Faksa made it 2-0 on a power play at 6:11 of the second period.

The Rangers, who had five shots on goal at the time Faksa scored, rallied in the second.

Fox cut it to 2-1 with a shot from the blue line that redirected past Holtby off Esa Lindell‘s left skate at 8:43.

Kreider scored on a net-front redirection of K’Andre Miller‘s shot from the point to tie it 2-2 at 15:54.

The Rangers outshot the Stars 17-3 in the second period after Faksa’s goal.

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