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Radek Faksa’s shorthanded goal midway through the second period gave the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
Marian Studenic and Tyler Seguin also scored for the Stars, who moved up to No. 2 wildcards in the Western Conference. They have a point lead over Vegas and a point over Nashville. Jake Oettinger made 19 saves, including back-to-back saves over Adam Pelech and Mathew Barzal in the closing minutes.
“One (of the three teams) is going to have a hell of a year and miss it,” Dallas coach Rick Bowness said of the West’s playoff run.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, who rode a season-best four-game winning streak and edged Washington by 11 points for the East’s last wild card with 13 games remaining. Semyon Varlamov, the NHL’s No. 3 star last week, stopped 37 shots.
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Islanders coach Barry Trotz didn’t have to look past the Stars’ 40-21 advantage on shots, including 18-7 in the first period when Dallas scored twice.
“They create a lot of volume and they’ve won those races,” Trotz said. “I thought we sort of got together (after the first period), but we didn’t put the puck in enough.”
The point in the Faksa crease, the Stars’ center of control line, was saved but missed Pageau’s right blade behind Varlamov in the net at 10:29. It was an unlikely goal for special teams Dallas, who have gone 1-for-18 on the power play in the last seven games and 0-for-8 in the last three.
Faksa needed help in the locker room late in the first period after taking a shot from teammate Joel Hanley in his left knee and took his regular shifts from the start of the second period.
“He was tough,” Bowness said of Faksa. “When I went to see him right after the period: ‘I’ll be back.’ “
Studenic scored the first goal 7:29 into the game and his first in seven games since being acquired off waivers from New Jersey Feb. 24. He converted a rebound from the left circle for his second goal of the season and fourth in three NHL games. seasons. New York was unsuccessfully challenged for goalie interference against Jamie Benn.
Pageau tied the game at 1 at 11:47 of the first period with a quick recall in his Sunday hat trick at New Jersey. He ran from the blue Isles lineout down the right wing and tore a wrist across Oettinger’s right shoulder.
Seguin put Dallas ahead 46.6 seconds before the end of the first period, redirecting Joel Hanley’s shot from left point for his 20th of the season.
Nelson’s career-best 33rd goal, 31 seconds into the second period, tied the game 2-2. He slipped a wrist shot between Oettinger’s pads from the slot on the run. Nelson scored a hat trick in the Islanders’ 4-2 home win over the Stars on March 19.
Noah Dobson had two assists for the Islanders for a career-high 40 points.
The Stars played in Seattle on Sunday night and, due to problems at both ends of the trip, did not arrive in Dallas until 12:37 a.m. Tuesday. They had already planned to take off Monday in Texas, but made it to Washington, landed six hours late due to bad weather and skipped their morning training Tuesday.
Seguin began his postgame interview by saying, “Let’s go to bed.
This is Seguin’s eighth 20-goal season, his seventh since joining Dallas in 2013. … Islanders forward Josh Bailey assisted on Pageau’s goal for his 545th career point, breaking the tie with John Tonelli and placing him eighth in franchise history.
Islanders: At Carolina on Friday for their fourth of five straight road games.
Stars: Host Toronto Thursday in the middle of a three-game home game.