NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Dallas|
(Wednesday, December 31st)
Final Score: Dallas 4, New Jersey 2
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Loui Eriksson scored twice and Marty Turco made
25 saves to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at
American Airlines Center.
Brad Richards had three assists while Mark Parrish and Landon Wilson notched
the remaining scores for the Stars, who have won three of the last four and
five of seven overall.
"It was nice to contribute but it was nicer to get two points and get a win
into the New Year," Parrish said. "I think you can see it, you can feel it,
there's a confidence that wasn't here a few weeks ago. Actions speak louder
than words -- you can tell how we're moving forward in the third instead of
just hanging on."
Dallas ended its three-game homestand 2-1 and won for the fifth time in six
tries at American Airlines Center. The Stars start the new year with four
straight on the road.
Mike Mottau and David Clarkson lit the lamp for New Jersey, which had won two
straight entering play Wednesday. Scott Clemmensen stopped 40-of-43 shots in
taking the loss. Brian Gionta notched two assists.
"We weren't very good tonight outside our goaltender. I thought he made some
big saves," Devils head coach Brent Sutter said. "You look at the second
period and 11 scoring chances against -- the goalie kept us in the game. We
weren't very good tonight, we weren't sharp."
The Devils failed to secure a point for the first time in seven road games,
finishing with a 5-1-1 mark over that stretch. New Jersey is now 10-5-2
overall as the road team this year.
Dallas tied the game and took a 3-2 lead with a pair of second-period goals.
Richards worked the puck down low to the left of Clemmensen and slid a pass
over to Wilson in close for a bang-bang score at 5:39. Parrish then picked up
a loose puck in front off a rebound and found the back of the net for a power-
play score close to midway through the period.
Both goaltenders kept the game close with shutout hockey over the final 20
minutes but Turco's 11 saves over that span wound up being the difference as
Eriksson added an empty-netter in the final minute to clinch the game.
Trevor Daley gained the zone along the left boards and sent a pass across the
slot to Eriksson, who rifled a shot over the glove of Clemmensen for a short-
handed goal that gave the Stars a 1-0 lead.
The Devils, though, evened the score with 2:30 left in the first. After
getting the puck back at the right point, Mottau drifted into the high slot,
to set up a screen as his shot made its way through traffic and into the net.
New Jersey then took a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal just before
intermission. Gionta sent a pass into the low slot for a redirection by
Dainius Zubrus and Clarkson was there to cash in on the rebound.
New Jersey logged a 5-0 win over Dallas on October 22, the Devils' second
straight win in the series...The Stars have won their last three at home
versus New Jersey and are now 9-6-3 at home this season.
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