Dallas coach Pete DeBoer said he was told Oettinger caught his skate on a post. The 23-year-old who had a breakout performance in the playoffs last season returned to the bench, but not to the game.
“He’s obviously a big part of our team, if not the biggest,” Robertson said. “It’s something where we don’t think about it. We just keep playing hard. Our d-zone kind of got away from us in the third.”
Trocheck’s first goal came on a power play and gave New York a 2-1 lead, but Hintz answered 29 seconds later.
After Zibanejad scored on another power play among the seven penalties assessed to Dallas, Robertson scored unassisted off a faceoff late in the second.
“Didn’t like our attention to detail. Didn’t like our execution,” DeBoer said. “They looked a little quicker, a little hungrier. Having said that, it goes to the third, we still have a chance to get points and we don’t.”
Wyatt Johnston, the 19-year-old Dallas rookie with three goals already, played his last game before the Stars have to decide to keep him in the NHL or send him back to major junior hockey in the OHL.
Johnston isn’t eligible for the Stars’ AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, and keeping him on the Dallas roster essentially means using the first year on his entry level contract.
Nils Lundkvist faced the Rangers for the first time since they traded him to Dallas just before training camp for conditional first- and fourth-round draft picks.
Lundkvist, a 22-year-old who entered the game leading Dallas defensemen with four points (four assists), had asked for a trade because he was buried on New York’s depth chart. He didn’t record a point.
STARS HALL OF FAME
Former captain Derian Hatcher and former general manager Bob Gainey were honored as part of the inaugural class of the Dallas Stars Hall of Fame.
The other charter members were automatic, including the club owners and the four players whose numbers have been retired in Mike Modano (9), Neal Broten (7), Sergei Zubov (56) and Jere Lehtinen (26).
Hatcher was captain and Gainey the architect of Dallas’ only Stanley Cup-winning team in 1999. Modano, Zubov and Lehtinen also were on that team.
Rangers: A three-game trip wraps up with a back-to-back in Arizona on Sunday.
Stars: A three-game homestand ends Monday against the LA Kings.