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NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Columbus

(Wednesday, December 21st)

Final Score: Dallas 5, Columbus 3

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Stu Barnes scored two goals and the Dallas Stars tallied three times early in the third period to earn a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Philippe Boucher netted two goals and added an assist as the Stars won for the third time in four games.

Jason Arnott picked up three assists and Johan Hedberg made 23 saves in the victory. Mike Modano registered a goal and an assist and extended his point streak to 10 games.

Rick Nash scored for the Blue Jackets, giving him three goals in as many games since returning from a knee injury that had sidelined him since early November.

Pascal Leclaire allowed five goals on 35 shots for Columbus, which has lost five straight games.

The Stars have now defeated Columbus in nine consecutive meetings.

Down one goal in the final period of regulation, Dallas netted three in less than five minutes to grab a 5-3 lead that would hold up.

"We weren't playing great in the second period but we were playing okay," said Columbus head coach Gerard Gallant. "Then they come out and score three in the first five minutes of the third period. It takes a lot out of your team."

Fifty-three seconds into the period, Boucher blasted a slap shot from the high slot that beat Leclaire low, stick-side. Less than a minute later, Barnes pounced on a loose puck in front and deposited the loose disc into the net to put the Stars in front.

Barnes added his second goal of the period at 4:52, one timing Brenden Morrow's pass from the right end boards on the doorstep, high glove-side.

Columbus was unable to generate any quality scoring chances the rest of the way and managed only six shots on goal for the final period.

"We played well," said Nash. "We were taking pucks to the net and doing the right things early. Pascal played well, but we didn't show up in the third period."

With 5:41 left in the opening period, Jaroslav Balastik gave Columbus a 1-0 lead. Jan Hrdina made a pass from the right corner to Balastik, who was all alone at the bottom of the left faceoff circle and one-timed the puck past Hedberg.

Early in the second stanza, Boucher evened the score at 1-1 after unleashing a wrister from the right faceoff circle that beat Leclaire on his short side.

With 3:46 left in the second, Nash gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 edge. Nash carried the puck from behind the net to the low slot and let go a wrist shot that went through a crowd of players in front and through Hedberg's five-hole.

Around two minutes later, Modano deflected Boucher's blast from the point over Leclaire's right shoulder, tying things up at 2-2 with the power-play tally.

Columbus responded immediately to take a 3-2 lead. With 19.6 seconds left in the second, Trevor Letowski skated in on a breakaway and Hedberg slid down and stacked his pads to make the save. However, Michael Rupp followed the play up and easily lifted the rebound over Hedberg for the goal.

Game Notes

Before the game, Nash and teammate Adam Foote were named to Canada's Olympic hockey team that will compete in Turin, Italy in 2006. Dallas starting goaltender Marty Turco will also represent Team Canada...Stars' forward Jere Lehtinen's six-game point streak came to an end...The Stars improved to 12-4-0 on the road...Blue Jackets defenseman Luke Richardson left the game midway through the second period after taking a puck to his jaw.

12/21 22:42:07 ET

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