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
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.
The shutout was the 16th of Garon's career...Dallas was 0-for-5 on the power
01/10 22:31:46 ET