Atlanta at Dallas

    Lessard's two goals lead Stars in preseason opener


    DALLAS -- Junior Lessard scored a power-play goal in the second period and added an empty-netter with 1:02 remaining to lift the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers in a preseason game on Monday night.

    Jussi Jokinen and Perttu Lindgren had power-play goals, and Joel Lundqvist also scored for the Stars.

    Former Dallas center Niko Kapanen scored on the power play, and Jim Slater added a goal for Atlanta.

    Both teams sat most of their big-name players in the exhibition opener for each club, giving extensive ice time to rookies. The Stars played the first of four games during a five-day span.

    After Lundqvist notched the only goal of the first period, Slater tied it early in the second. Jokinen put Dallas back in front 15 seconds into a second-period power play, scoring on a breakaway against former Stars backup goalie Johan Hedberg.

    Lessard padded Dallas' lead to 3-1 at 13:41 of the second period, but Kapanen narrowed the Thrashers' deficit to one goal at 17:24 of the second period.

    Lindgren extended the lead to 4-2, capitalizing during a man advantage at 6:17 of the third period.

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