Brad Richards sends Stars past Lightning 4-3 in shootout

DALLAS – Brad Richards converted in the third round of the shootout after scoring a goal in regulation to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night in the pre-season opener for both teams.

Neither team was successful in the first two rounds before Richards, who played for the Lightning from 2000-08, beat rookie goaltender Jaroslav Janus.

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Stars rookie goalie Tyler Beskorowany stopped Martins Karsums in the third round to seal the win.

Blair Jones’ rebound put Tampa Bay in front 3-2 at 5:55 of the third period.

James Neal’s goal at 16:46 of the period off a setup by Richards drew Dallas even at 3.

Loui Eriksson and Richards had first-period power-play goals for Dallas.