Islanders open homestand with 2-1 shootout loss to Stars

Jan 10, 2023; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates the puck out from behind the net chased by Dallas Stars defenseman Jani Hakanp (2) during the second period at UBS Arena.
Jan 10, 2023; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates the puck out from behind the net chased by Dallas Stars defenseman Jani Hakanp (2) during the second period at UBS Arena. / Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Robertson scored in regulation and picked up the only goal in the shootout to give the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Robertson wired a wrist shot over the glove of Sorokin in the shootout. Dallas’ Jake Oettinger made 26 saves and stopped Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson in the shootout.

Anders Lee scored the lone goal for New York and Ilya Sorokin finished with 23 saves in the first of a five-game Islanders homestand.

Oettinger made multiple key saves in the first half of the third period, including a a breakaway attempt, an odd-man rush opportunity and a long-range wrister.

Robertson notched his 29th goal of the season to open the scoring at 3:42 in the first. Tyler Seguin and Joe Pavelski each connected on a cross-ice pass before Robertson slid the puck past Sorokin.

The Islanders knotted the score when Lee converted on the power play at 13:39 in the first, set up by Brock Nelson at the edge of the crease for an easy tap-in goal. Defenseman Noah Dobson also assisted on the equalizer. New York had scored only two goals on the man advantage in the previous 36 attempts.

LINEUP NOTES

Barzal returned to the lineup after missing the previous game against the Calgary Flames with a lower-body injury. He leads the team in assists (30) and points (41). … Forward Simon Holmstrom also returned to the Islanders lineup after being sidelined for the previous six games with a lower-body injury. … Stars forward Roope Hintz did not travel to New York with the team due to an upper-body injury; Seguin centered Dallas’ top line playing alongside Robertson and Pavelski . … Forward Denis Gurianov rejoined the Stars and played for the first time since taking a team-excused leave for unspecified family reasons that lasted nine games.