DALLAS - A strange day Tuesday, with an Islanders trade deadline acquisition scratched just before warmups with an injury, bled into a strange night and a 3-2 overtime loss to the Stars.
Anders Lee's desperation toss went off Jordie Benn's skate and in with 1.1 seconds left in the third period to get the game to overtime, negating Dallas' rally from 1-0 down at the start of the third. But Cody Eakin's goal 2:18 into overtime -- off a bad turnover by Ryan Strome at the blue line in the offensive zone -- allowed the Isles to only steal one point.
Thomas Hickey's shot had hit the post behind Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen (35 saves) less than a minute before Eakin's game-winner.
The Islanders held that 1-0 lead entering the third period but could not hold off a Dallas team that controlled the second period and the early part of the third. Vernon Fiddler scored the go-ahead goal with 12:32 left, taking a fortunate carom of Ryan Garbutt's shot off the end boards and sweeping it past Jaroslav Halak (32 saves).
Minutes earlier the Isles nearly had their one-goal lead back, but Josh Bailey's backhand try was blocked away by Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski, who whipped his stick behind his own back to block the shot away as Lehtonen struggled to get back into position.
Bailey got the Isles on the board in the first, scoring off Strome's feed at 15:25. The Islanders were shocked into the game early on, when Matt Martin was given a kneeing major and ejected for a knee-on-leg hit to the Stars' Trevor Daley just 1:48 in. Daley did not return to the game.
Tyler Kennedy, acquired from the Sharks on Monday, was due to make his Isles debut but was scratched just before warmups with an upper-body injury, apparently something he had from before the trade. That altered the Isles' plans a bit.
The Isles, ranked last in the league on the penalty kill, worked off that five-minute power play, plus three other minors in the first and second periods.
But in the third the Stars pulled even with Brett Ritchie beating Halak on a rebound at 2:24, and Dallas held strong during the rest of regulation, until the frantic final seconds.