I remember a story Bill Belichick told going into a Super Bowl. The Patriots were playing the Rams and they won in a huge upset. A couple days before the game he got out videotape of a horse race to show to the entire team. He stopped the race one-fourth of the way through and said, "Okay, who's gonna win?" And the players all started making bets on who was gonna win, based on what they saw. He stopped it at the halfway point and said, "Okay, who's gonna win?" The players made bets.
He stopped it three-fourths of the way through. "Okay, who do you think is gonna win now?" and the players all made bets. Finally he said, "Don't you understand, it doesn't matter. It only matters at the end. All this stuff -- the first turn, halfway through, three-quarters -- it doesn't matter. You can't tell who's gonna win 'til it's actually over." It was his way of telling his guys, "You gotta play all four quarters in this game. It doesn't matter what's happening at halftime."
So take it from a winning coach, the 1st period slow start doesn't matter. It's who is ahead at the end. And the Stars continue to win because they fight until the end. And last night would have likely been at least OT had the officials (or one official) actually done his job.
I'll side with a winning Super Bowl coach than a stat analysis any day.