NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Dallas|
(Wednesday, October 14th)
Final Score: Dallas 6, Nashville 0
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Marty Turco stopped 29 shots for his 37th career
shutout and Dallas scored on its first three shots of the game, on the way to
a 6-0 rout of the Nashville Predators.
Brenden Morrow and Loui Eriksson each scored twice and James Neal tallied
three assists for the Stars, who bounced back from a 4-3 shootout loss at
Vancouver on Sunday. Brad Richards also had a three-point night with a goal
and a pair of assists. Eriksson added an assist, while Jamie Benn and Mike
Ribeiro each had a pair of helpers.
"We really wanted to establish our presence here at home," said Stars coach
Marc Crawford said. "I thought our guys were spot-on early in the game,
especially our top two lines. I thought they really established their
Dan Ellis was lifted after giving up three goals and Pekka Rinne stopped 20
shots for the Predators, who lost their third straight contest.
Morrow and Richards scored 40 seconds apart early in the opening period.
Morrow tallied on a one-timer from the left circle at 3:17, and Richards made
it 2-0 after taking a pass in front from Eriksson.
"If you get through the first period 2-0 you're in the game," said Nashville
coach Barry Trotz. "If you look at some of the saves Turco had to make, I
thought he had to make a lot of tougher saves than our goaltenders tonight
unfortunately. When you're not scoring goals and they seem to be finding the
back of the net, it can play with your confidence."
Eriksson's tip-in at 6:31 moved the hosts to a three-goal lead and forced
Ellis from the net in favor of Rinne.
The goaltender change didn't help the Predators as Morrow scored on the power
play at the 8:48 mark. Dallas took advantage of a Dan Hamhuis tripping penalty
with Morrow scoring from the right side of the net after a pass from Richards
on the other side of the ice.
Morrow nearly had the hat trick in the first minute of the second period, but
a high-sticking penalty on Nashville's Kevin Klein stopped play prior to
the score. It didn't matter though as Dallas went ahead 5-0 by converting on a
two-man advantage. Martin Erat was already in the penalty box for an
interference infraction in the closing second of the first period, and
Eriksson roofed the puck from the right side of the net over Rinne.
Turco was spectacular in keeping his first shutout of the season intact in the
final period. He made a sprawling save on Hamhuis, and moments later was on
his back to deny David Legwand with nearly eight minutes remaining.
Toby Petersen scored on a deflection of a Karlis Skrastins shot with 2:13 left
in the game.
The Stars have earned points in 11 of their last 13 games against the
Predators at home (10-2-1), dating back to April 6, 2003...In the all-time
series, Dallas has outscored Nashville 66-30 in 22 home games...This is the
first time in Stars Franchise history their first two home games have been
against the same opponent. Dallas lost in a 3-2 season-opening shootout final
to the Predators on October 3.
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