NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Carolina |
(Monday, December 22nd)
Final Score: Dallas 3, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Jere Lehtinen scored a pair of goals, including
the go-ahead tally midway through the third period, as the Dallas Stars
defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, at the RBC Center.
Lehtinen also assisted on Brenden Morrow's goal. Marty Turco stopped 16 shots
for Dallas, which notched its second straight win and improved to 4-1-1 in its
last six contests.
Jeff O`Neill tallied the lone goal for Carolina, which lost for the first time
under new coach Peter Laviolette (2-1). Kevin Weekes turned aside 24 shots for
Lehtinen gave the Stars a 2-1 lead when he scored shorthanded at 9:32 of the
third period. Lehtinen broke down the left side and fired a shot from the
circle that Weekes stopped. Lehtinen then continued toward the net and was
able to pick up his own rebound and stuff the puck behind the goaltender for
his second goal of the night and fourth of the campaign.
O'Neill nearly tied the game a few minutes, but the puck rolled across the
goal line behind Turco after the goaltender got a piece of the shot.
Morrow then sealed the contest with 3:08 left. Weekes made the save on
Lehtinen's shot from the left circle, but Morrow collected the rebound, deked
to the backhand and slid the puck into the vacated net for his seventh goal of
After a scoreless first period, Lehtinen gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 2:25 of
the second. He picked up a loose puck in the slot and was able to flip the
puck over the glove of Weekes.
Weekes kept it a one-goal game several minutes later when he slid across to
make the save on Rob DiMaio's one-timer from the left circle.
Carolina then tied the contest with only five seconds left in the frame. After
picking up the puck in the neutral zone, O'Neill skated down the right side,
waited for Turco to commit and fired the puck over the goaltender and under
the cross bar for his fourth goal of the campaign.
Carolina was 0-for-2 on the power play, while Dallas went 0-for-3 with the man
advantage...The Stars have now killed off 28 consecutive short-handed
chances...It marked just the second home loss in regulation for the Hurricanes
in the last 12 games (5-2-4-1)...Dallas improved to 9-4-2 in its last 15
meetings against Carolina.
12/22 22:56:09 ET