For 17 seconds on Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center, an eventual 6-4 Stars comeback win over the Blackhawks was suspended, dangled in between confusion and elation, disbelief and euphoria.
A delirious sellout crowd in downtown Dallas had to pause its gratification, delayed as officials wrestled with the validity of Radek Faksa’s game-winning goal. Seventeen seconds after Faksa initially banked a shot off Petr Mrazek and across the Chicago goalline, the horn blared to signal a goal. Blackhawks forward Jason Dickinson had not saved Chicago with a quick-acting sweep in the crease.
The Stars’ comeback was complete.
Faksa’s goal with 1:33 left in the third period was part of a wild comeback for the Stars, who scored five goals in the final 9:45 on Wednesday night to erase a 4-1 third-period Blackhawks lead and win for the first time when trailing by multiple goals.
It was also the first time the Stars won when trailing entering the third period this season. It was the first win in the NHL this season when trailing by at least three goals in the third period. It was the first time in Stars franchise history they won a game in regulation when trailing by three goals with less than 10 minutes left in the third period.
“Those kind of wins galvanize you, they test your character, they test your gumption,” Stars coach Pete DeBoer said. “It would have been easy to mail it…