Pavel­ski ad­just­ing to new life with Stars

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Joe Pavel­ski recorded one sec­ondary as­sist in his first four games with the Stars since sign­ing a three-year, $21 mil­lion con­tract. Change is hard, and the long­time Sharks for­ward is quickly re­al­iz­ing he’s not in San Jose any­more.

“There’s a lot of sim­ple ad­just­ments,” Pavel­ski said Tues­day. “It’s not com­pletely nat­u­ral. But it’s at a good spot where I feel it’s right there, right around the cor­ner. Just keep go­ing, get a lit­tle pro­duc­tion and you get that con­fi­dence to re­ally kind of take it to an­other level.”

Stars coach Jim Mont­gomery likened it to Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Carl­ton need­ing to get ac­cus­tomed to new catch­ers when he moved around the ma­jors.

“It’s the nu­ances of the game, of get­ting to know peo­ple, that com­fort level of un­der­stand­ing when this guy has the puck, I go here, I’m go­ing to get the puck,” Mont­gomery said. “That just takes time.”

Pens’ Galchenyuk to IR: The Pen­guins placed for­ward Alex Galchenyuk on IR af­ter he ag­gra­vated an undis­closed in­jury that lim­ited him dur­ing the pre­sea­son.

Galchenyuk joins cen­ter Ev­geni Malkin and for­ward Bryan Rust and Nick Bjugstad on IR for the Pen­guins, who are off to a 1-2-0 start.

Galchenyuk, ac­quired in an off­sea­son trade with the Coy­otes, has two as­sists in three games.

Pen­guins for­ward Pa­tric Horn­qvist sat out prac­tice. Horn­qvist left a 4-1 loss to the Jets on Tues­day night af­ter get­ting hit by a shot off the stick of team­mate Kris Le­tang.

The Pen­guins re­called for­ward Adam John­son from Wilkes-Barre/Scran­ton of the AHL.

Kings notch 1st win: Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal 50 sec­onds into OT to give the Kings a 4-3 win over the host Flames on Tues­day.

The Kings picked up their first vic­tory un­der new coach Todd McLel­lan af­ter fall­ing 6-5 in their sea­son opener to the host Oil­ers on Satur­day.

Tyler Tof­foli had a goal and an as­sist, with Sean Walker and Ilya Ko­valchuk also scor­ing for the Kings. Jack Camp­bell made 26 saves.

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