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Pete DeBoer says Stars can ‘take a page out of Colorado’s book’ when it comes to overtime

The Stars are 0-3 in games that end in overtime and 0-1 in shootouts.

During their comeback on Friday against the Jets, the Stars leaned heavily on their top offensive players, something they haven’t had to do because the margins of victory and defeat have been so large.

Of the last 6:20 of the game, Miro Heiskanen played 5:59. Jason Robertson and Joe Pavelski played 3:59 straight before Robertson’s tying goal with 20 seconds left in the third period.

“Your natural reaction when you’re behind is obviously to get your offensive guys out there more, particularly when you have o-zone opportunities, faceoffs,” DeBoer said. “We’ll get out of our rotation for situations like that. We’ll try and get offensive defensemen out with offensive lines, where when we’re rolling along or leading, that’s obviously not a priority.”

At times, the Stars paired Heiskanen and Nils Lundkvist together for offensive zone draws.

In overtime, the Stars won the opening faceoff for the first time this season, but still lost just 34 seconds into overtime. Heiskanen’s shot was blocked into the boards, and the Jets won a battle spring Josh Morrissey on a breakaway.

“I thought we could have done a better job in overtime,” DeBoer said. “I think we have to take a page out of Colorado’s book and have a little more patience, look for our opportunities rather than force things a little bit more. I think that’s why our record is what it is.”

The Stars are 0-3 in games that end in overtime and 0-1 in games that end in the shootout.

Wedgie’s return: Despite being stretchered off in his last start, Wedgewood did not miss any games backing up normal starter Jake Oettinger. DeBoer said Wedgewood “had a couple good practices,” and he was ready to go.

“They’re debilitating because you’re locked up, you can’t move,” DeBoer said. “But once you get unlocked, there’s no structural damage done, so we knew it wasn’t going to be a long-term thing. As scary as it looked at the time, he really was pretty normal, pretty quickly.”

With eight starts in 21 games, Wedgewood is on pace to make 31 starts this season.

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