DALLAS — Jason Spezza scored three goals, including the tiebreaker late in the third period, and the Dallas Stars spoiled Connor McDavid’s first NHL goal with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Spezza’s go-ahead goal for a 3-2 lead with 4:30 remaining came moments after Kari Lehtonen stopped Nail Yakupov on a breakaway. Lehtonen made his season debut after backing up Antti Niemi in the first two games.
The Stars had 52 shots, their most since Feb. 3, 1990, in a 7-6 loss to Philadelphia. Spezza finished off the hat trick with an empty-net goal.
McDavid, selected No. 1 overall in the June draft, scored in the second period to pull the Oilers even at 2 after they had fallen behind 2-0.
Anders Nilsson made 48 saves in his first appearance for Edmonton, but he couldn’t stop Spezza when the Dallas forward took a dump-off pass from Antoine Roussel in the slot.
McDavid almost scored Edmonton’s first goal when he appeared to tip a shot by defenceman Oscar Klefbom, who got credit for the goal.
McDavid played the 2014-15 season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters. He finished third in the OHL scoring with 120 points, including 44 goals and 76 assists, despite playing just 47 games due to injury.
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