NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Dallas
(Monday, February 6th)
Final Score: Dallas 4, Nashville 2
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Janne Niinimaa registered a goal and an assist to lead the Dallas Stars past the Nashville Predators, 4-2, at AmericanAirlines Center.
Stu Barnes, Bill Guerin and Mike Modano also scored for the Stars, who have won seven of their last eight games. Goaltender Marty Turco came up with 17 saves in net.
Paul Kariya and Mark Eaton both lit the lamp while Tomas Vokoun made 36 saves for Nashville, which has dropped four of six.
The Predators opened up the scoring 5:04 into the contest on an even-strength goal by Kariya. The 5-10 forward had his centering feed deflected by a defender, but the puck kicked back into the right slot and Kariya chipped it over the fallen Turco with his body parallel to the net.
Dallas, though, responded with a pair of goals in the latter stages of the second period to assume a 2-1 advantage.
Barnes tied the game at the 12:26 mark on a one-timer from the left slot.
Then, with time running out in the middle frame, Guerin handled a hard pass from Niinimaa along the left side, turned, then whipped a shot on net that went in as the horn sounded. After review, it was confirmed that Guerin's power-play goal beat the buzzer.
Dallas capitalized on a Vokoun miscue 3:25 into the third to up the lead to 3-1. The netminder, with his squad on the power play, floated well out of his crease with the puck and then coughed it up. An initial shot off the turnover rang off the crossbar but the disc came back out high, and Niinimaa was able to punch it into the abandoned net.
The Stars added another tally 3:17 later, as Modano took a blind backhand feed from Jussi Jokinen in the right slot and one-timed it past Vokoun.
Eaton scored his first goal of the season with 8:23 remaining to round out the scoring.
Dallas is 35-4-1 when allowing three goals or less, which is second in the league only to Carolina...The Stars, who improved to 20-10-1 on home ice, will visit Phoenix on Thursday to begin a three-game road trip that leads into the Olympic break...Nashville, which is 12-11-5 on the road, will visit Detroit on Wednesday to begin a crucial home-and-home...Dallas is 3-1 against Nashville this season, and 7-1-1 (1 loss, 1 tie) in the last nine meetings overall.
02/06 23:06:11 ET