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Smith and Hakanpaa score in the final 15 seconds to lift the Stars over the Predators 3-2

By The Associated Press on December 23, 2023.

Dallas Stars' Craig Smith (15), Roope Hintz (24) and Matt Duchene (95) celebrate a game tying goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. The Stars won 3-2. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Craig Smith and Jani Hakanpaa scored in the final 15 seconds, rallying the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Evgeni Dadonov also scored in the third period as Dallas improved to 5-0-1 in its last six games. Scott Wedgewood made 19 saves.

The Stars became the first team in NHL history to secure a victory after scoring a tying and go-ahead goal in the final 15 seconds of regulation.

Michael McCarron and Colton Sissons scored for Nashville in the second. Juuse Saros made 31 stops.


SUNRISE, Fla. (Ap) – Carter Verhaeghe and Sam Reinhart scored power-play goals 1:59 apart in the third period, and Florida went into its Christmas break by topping Vegas in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup Final.

Sam Bennett and Gustav Forsling also scored for Florida, and Matthew Tkachuk, Aleksander Barkov and Brandon Montour each finished with two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots.

Mark Stone and Pavel Dorofeyev scored for Vegas, which topped Florida in five games last spring for the title. The Golden Knights matched a season-worst by losing their third straight and are just 10-9-4 following an 11-0-1 start to their title defense.

Jiri Patera stopped 38 shots for Vegas.



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