As the old saying goes, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. In the case of Andrew Bodnarchuk, he's both.
The veteran defenseman got his foot caught on the bench during a line change and was floating near mid-ice when the Stars created a turnover. He latched onto the puck on the breakaway and deked the San Diego goalie to give the Stars a 5-4 overtime win against the Gulls Friday night.
“I knew as soon as I touched the puck what I was going to do because I don’t have too many moves in my repertoire,” he said. “Right place right time. Luckily it worked.”
Texas snapped a four-game losing streak with the win. Mike McKenna stopped 16 of the 20 shots he faced to pick up his fourth win of the season.
San Diego opened the scoring with a deflection off a Texas player and doubled the lead later in the first period on a two-on-one breakaway.
Jason Dickinson scored his team-best sixth goal of the season, bouncing on a rebound from a Denis Gurianov rocket from the blue line. Curtis McKenzie tied the game with just over two minutes left in the frame.
A massive fight involving basically everyone on the ice broke out near the end of the first period. The Gulls racked up 59 penalty minutes in the first period and were assessed four 10-minute game misconduct penalties. They finished with 66 penalty minutes in the game.
“The referees handled it well,” head coach Derek Laxdal said. “They made the right call on the two one-man fights. If a team wants to come in here and take physical advantage in our building, we have to take advantage on the power play.”
Both times San Diego took a one-goal lead in the next two periods, Texas responded.
The Gulls scored a power-play goal in the second period, but Sheldon Dries answered three minutes later. San Diego took the lead early in the third period and Dillon Heatherington scored on a deflection two minutes later.
“I wasn’t happy with the start,” Bodnarchuk said. The puck goes wide and it hits a guy. But he shouldn’t be getting a shot like that. There was still time to battle back, but we still want to clean that up. At the end of the day, we got the two points.”
The Stars wrap up their quick two-game homestand Saturday night at 7 p.m. against the San Jose Barracuda. They spend nearly a week in California next week beginning with a Nov. 2 game at the Bakersfield Condors.
“We had to grind for that one,” Laxdal said. “It’s been a tough grind here after a tough week last week. You could see the emotion on the bench, the guys weren’t going to let this one slip away.”