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NHL 3 Stars: The Stars were big and bright in season opener

Deep in the heart of Texas, the Dallas Stars opened their 2020-21 season with a 7-0 win over the Nashville Predators.

In a stellar display of special teams on Friday night, nine players recorded a point and five had multi-point performances.

It was the third time in franchise history, the Stars scored at least five power-play goals and one short-handed goal. Dallas had a five-goal period in a season-opening game for the second time in franchise history.

First star

Anton Khudobin, G, Dallas Stars

Goaltender Anton Khudobin was the starting goaltender for a season-opener for the first time in his career and he couldn’t have shined any brighter. 

He opened the season with a 34-save shutout. The ninth of his career and his 100th career win.

Second star

Joe Pavelski, C/RW, Dallas Stars  

Joe Pavelski had two goals and two assists and had three points in the second period. 

He opened up the scoring at 2:45 of the second with a 5-on-3 power-play goal. He scored his second power-play goal of the night at 4:35 of the third.

Third star

Alexander Radulov, RW/LW, Dallas Stars

Alexander Radulov had two goals and one assist, all in the second period, on Friday night. He scored his first goal just 1:26 after Pavelski’s first. He scored his second at 14:40 by batting the puck out of mid-air to make it 4-0.

Honourable mention

Mitch Marner, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs

Mitchell Marner scored an empty-net goal and added a historical assist in a 4-2 win over Edmonton. His assist on the game-winning goal sets a record for most assists by a Maple Leafs player before his 24th birthday.

Buffalo Sabres

Eric StaalDylan Cozens and Riley Sheahan all scored their first goals as Buffalo Sabres on Friday. This hasn’t happened in Buffalo since 1982 when Dave AndreychukPaul Cyr and Hannu Virta all scored their debut goals in one game.

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