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NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Carolina

(Saturday, November 18th)

Final Score: Carolina 5, Dallas 4

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Eric Staal recorded his third-career hat trick, with the final tally coming at the end of a wild third period, as Carolina hung on to beat Dallas, 5-4, at the RBC Center.

Justin Williams tallied a goal and two assists, and Ray Whitney also scored for the Hurricanes, who won for the second time in as many nights. The 'Canes posted a 4-1 victory in Washington on Friday.

Cam Ward made 21 saves in the winning effort.

Jussi Jokinen, Patrik Stefan, Jeff Halpern and Jaroslav Modry all tallied for the Stars, who were coming off a 5-3 win in Atlanta. Marty Turco stopped 20- of-24 shots in defeat.

Trailing 3-1, Dallas tied the game with two scores just 46 seconds apart in the third period.

The first came short-handed, as Mike Modano pounced on a loose puck in the neutral zone and created a 2-on-1 with Stefan, who beat Ward with a wrist shot at 7:25.

Then, after a Carolina giveaway, Brenden Morrow dropped the puck to Matthew Barnaby, who gained control in the corner and sent a pass through the crease. Halpern, who was camped out in front, tipped it in from the doorstep to even things up at 3-3.

Carolina answered with 6:32 left in regulation, taking advantage of a Dallas turnover. Sergei Zubov trapped the puck along the boards but threw the disc on the blade of Williams' stick on the clearing attempt. The forward beat Turco on a wrist shot to put the 'Canes back on top.

Staal netted an empty net goal to with under a minute remaining to complete the hat trick, while Dallas added their final tally with one second left on the clock as Modry beat Ward through a screen.

"As soon as we'd get half of a shift going, we would get another offensive zone penalty," said Dallas head coach Dave Tippett. "Going from getting a power play and you take a penalty in five seconds or two seconds, that's just not smart hockey. It puts a lot of pressure on your penalty killers and when you're chasing a game it's awful tough."

The Stars opened the scoring but were hit with nine penalties through the first two periods of play, allowing Carolina to capitalize on the man advantage.

With the 'Canes Erik Cole off for tripping, Stephane Robidas found a gap in the middle of the ice and sent a forward pass to Jokinen, who skated in on the breakaway. The speedy winger quickly shifted to a forehand shot, beating Ward glove-side to collect his fourth goal of the season just 5:45 into the first session.

Carolina evened things up with 9:13 remaining, taking advantage of a 4-on-3 situation. With Cole once again in the box, Eric Lindros offset the penalty by tripping up Craig Adams and Morrow joined him on a hi-sticking infraction nearly two minutes later. Rod Brind'Amour won the ensuing draw in the offensive zone, as the puck dribbled off the stick of Anton Babchuk before Staal collected the disc and beat Turco on a slapper from the high slot.

The Canes took a 2-1 with 3:56 left before intermission. After a Dallas turnover at the other end, Whitney gained possession and raced up the ice, weaving through the defense. The winger charged the net, causing Turco to commit early, then skated around the poke check and dropped a backhand shot into an empty net.

Staal collected his second of the game just 1:26 inside the second period. Carolina had a full minute of a 5-on-3 advantage to start things off before Antti Miettinen returned to the ice. Then, still down a man, Dallas lost the draw in the neutral zone and Williams rifled a shot from just inside the blue line that deflected off Staal and beat Turco through the five hole.

Game Notes

Brind'Amour tallied an assist to extend his point streak to eight games (6g, 7a)...Carolina improves to 9-0-0 when leading after two periods...Dallas hosts Colorado on Monday...Carolina travels to New York on Tuesday to battle the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

11/19 00:28:34 ET

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