NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Dallas
(Monday, April 2nd)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Dallas 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Lee Stempniak scored two goals as St. Louis cooled off Dallas, 4-2.
The Stars, who entered the contest tied with San Jose for fifth place in the Western Conference, failed to take advantage of the non-playoff bound Blues to move past the Sharks. Dallas also remained four points behind Anaheim for first place in the Pacific Division.
Glen Metropolit and Doug Weight also scored and Curtis Sanford finished with 28 saves for St. Louis, which took three of four meetings with Dallas this season.
Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro each had a goal and an assist and Marty Turco ended with 20 saves for the Stars, who were 10-1-1 over their previous 12 games.
St. Louis got the only goal of the first period when Stempniak beat Turco with a wrister at the 10:46 mark.
Dallas tied the game midway through the second period as Morrow fired a slap shot on the St. Louis net. Sanford made the save, but the rebound was cleared right back to Morrow, who found Ribeiro in front for the equalizer.
St. Louis, however, answered with two goals in a 17 second span to surge back in front. After a Dallas turnover, Metropolit beat Turco top shelf with 6:16 left in the second to put the Blues up 2-1. Weight then redirected a shot from the point past a screened Turco to hand St. Louis a two-goal lead.
Morrow brought the Stars back within a goal when he slipped the puck through Sanford's legs with 15 seconds left before the second intermission for the power play tally.
However, Dallas couldn't carry the momentum gained from the late goal into the third period. Sanford turned aside all nine shots he faced and Stempniak netted an empty netter with 24 seconds remaining to ice the game.
Dallas cashed in on its only power play opportunity, while St. Louis squandered two chances with the man-advantage.
04/02 22:56:19 ET