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.
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.