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Penguins drop season opener at Dallas, 3-0

DALLAS _ Plenty of statistics could tell the story of the Penguins' regular-season opener Thursday night.tmpplchld This one, however, might do it best: When the game, a 3-0 Dallas victory at American Airlines Arena, was over, Stars goalie Antti Niemi owned a two-point lead over Penguins center Sidney Crosby in the NHL scoring race.tmpplchld Now, Crosby might well go on to win the league scoring championship _ and Niemi, who assisted on both Stars goals, most certainly will not _ but a Penguins offense expected to be one of the most prolific in the NHL this winter couldn't manage to manufacture a single goal.tmpplchld Dallas allowed 260 goals, fifth-most in the NHL, last season,...