DALLAS — Joe Pavelski scored four goals for Dallas in Game 1, but it wasn’t enough as the Stars lost 5-4 to the Kraken in overtime Tuesday night after missing the last five games of the opening round while on concussion protocol.
Pavelski’s fourth goal of the night 6 1/2 minutes into the third period tied the game at 4.
Hit the puck into the net from the air.
But Yanni Gord scored 12:17 into overtime to lead the Kraken to victory in Game 1.
Pavelski scored twice in the first period, his first on a 25-foot grapple just two and a half minutes into the game to put the Stars up 1-0.
He scored on his first shot, assisted by Mason Marchment. Max Dumy got the secondary assist
About 10 minutes later, after Seattle had tied the game, Pavelski scored again from roughly the same distance by redirecting a Thomas Harley shot.
The Kraken then scored three goals in a 68-second period to take a 4-2 lead.
Pavelski scored a hat-trick midway through the third period when he rebounded after captain Jimmy Beane’s shot off Philip Grubauer.
The three goals increased Pavelski’s record for US-born players to 68 goals in a playoff game.
Pavelski was on the ice for the opening bout, although he was not immediately inserted back into the top line. He was with Marchment and Domi, as he was when he went through full training on Monday.
Tyler Seguin, who scored four power play goals in a six-game series against Minnesota, remains the leader with Jason Robertson and NHL scoring leader Rob Hintze. Seguin moved to this line after 38-year-old Pavelski was injured.
Pavelski had just knocked out the puck midway through the second period of Game 1 of the opening series against Minnesota on April 17 when he took a hard hit from defenseman Matt Dumba. Pavelski hit his head hard on the ice as he fell.