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NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Columbus



(Sunday, January 10th)

Final Score: Columbus 2, Dallas 0

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Mathieu Garon stopped 26 shots for his second shutout of the season, as the Columbus Blue Jackets took a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars.

Raffi Torres and Antoine Vermette had the goals for the Blue Jackets, who have won three in a row for the first time since mid-November. Columbus suffered through a two-win December and started 2010 with two losses before going on its current run.

"You just reach a stage where you get sick of losing, so you're going to have to play a certain way," said Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock. "I don't see any reason that we can't play like this for the rest of the year. The players are comfortable in this type of game. I'm hoping we can continue down this path and play this way. We're grinding it with really good teams and we're more than holding our own."

Marty Turco allowed one goal on 40 shots in the tough-luck loss, as the Stars lost for the fourth time in five games.

"Marty played well and you want to help him out," Stars left wing James Neal said. "It's a tough one to take. Columbus has been struggling, too and you want to come in here and play a hard road game and start up a good road trip and we got away from a few things. We had the chances."

Torres got the Blue Jackets on the board after a turnover in the Columbus end. Derick Brassard got the puck and turned up-ice, skating on the left side. From the left side, he threaded a pass to Torres, who shot it in from the right side at the 8:20 mark of the opening period.

Garon made the lead stick, making six saves in the first, 12 in the second and eight in the third. Vermette added an empty-netter in the final seconds to seal the victory.

Game Notes

The shutout was the 16th of Garon's career...Dallas was 0-for-5 on the power play.

01/10 22:31:46 ET


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