New Jersey at Dallas

Stars 3, Devils 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DALLAS -- Brenden Morrow is taking his new role as captain seriously.

Morrow had a goal and an assist for his first points of the season to help the Dallas Stars beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in their home opener Saturday night.

Morrow, selected team captain last week, was reluctant to talk about his individual game afterward. The 27-year-old left winger preferred to discuss team goals and accomplishments.

"We are continuing to build character," said Morrow, who signed a six-year, $24.6 million extension last month. "We want to be a gritty team that's tough to play against, and we feel like we did that tonight."

Morrow's goal gave Dallas a 2-0 lead early in the second. He also assisted on Eric Lindros' score that gave the Stars a two-goal cushion with 2:48 remaining in the game.

Lindros, who has endured several concussions during his career, signed a one-year deal with the Stars in the offseason after playing in only 72 games the past two seasons.

"It wasn't the greatest game I ever played, but we'll take the two points," Lindros said.

Niklas Hagman scored a short-handed goal for Dallas in the first to open the scoring.

Center Travis Zajac scored his first-career goal on a power play at 8:33 of the second to pull New Jersey within 2-1 in the rematch of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals.

"It's a relief getting that first one," Zajac said. "But it stings a little bit because it came under not so great circumstances. I'd rather take a win over a goal any day."

Dallas goalie Marty Turco had 19 saves to win his second straight to start the season.

New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, who tied Terry Sawchuk on the all-time wins list Friday night, had 28 saves.

"Any time you can beat Brodeur it's not a bad thing," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said.

Jeff Halpern was whistled for a holding penalty at the 11:07 mark of the first period. But Dallas overcame the penalty 41 seconds later when Stu Barnes hit Hagman, who beat Brodeur in the slot.

The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 in the second. Mike Ribeiro was behind the net where he passed the puck to a wide-open Morrow at 4:44 of the second.

Zajac brought the Devils within a goal, but they could not complete the rally one night after beating defending Stanley Cup champions Carolina 4-0 on Friday night.

New Jersey was 1-of-9 on power plays and was outshot 31-20 - including 25-11 over the first two periods.

"It seemed like we were a second behind every play," New Jersey center Erik Rasmussen said. "We were a second behind in reacting. It just seemed like we were a little flat all game."

Dallas continued to struggle on the power play, going 0-for-5 - including a missed chance when they had a 5-on-3 advantage for 58 seconds late in the first. They have not scored in nine power-play chances this season.

Notes

Dallas will not play at home again until Oct. 20 against Chicago. The Stars open a four-game road trip with consecutive games next week against the Los Angeles Kings. ... New Jersey C John Madden needs one point for 200 in his career. ... The Stars improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight home openers. They are now 10-2-1 in home openers since moving from Minnesota in 1993. ... The Devils will have four days off before their home opener Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. ... Dallas improved to 2-4-0 against New Jersey since the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals.

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Scoreboard
New Jersey (1-1-0)0101
Dallas  (2-0-0) «1113
Three Stars
B. Morrow
DAL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Turco
DAL


Saves: 19
Save Pct.: .950
N. Hagman
DAL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
11:48Short - Niklas Hagman, Wrist Shot - Assists: Philippe Boucher, Stu Barnes
2ND PERIOD
04:44Brenden Morrow, Wrist Shot - Assists: Mike Ribeiro, Antti Miettinen
08:33Power Play - Travis Zajac, Backhand Shot - Assists: Sergei Brylin, Zach Parise
3RD PERIOD
17:12Eric Lindros, Wrist Shot - Assists: Brenden Morrow, Jeff Halpern
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:16Miettinen: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
06:21Jokinen: Hooking - 2 min.
08:51Brylin: Interference - 2 min.
11:07Halpern: Holding - 2 min.
14:26Gomez: Hooking - 2 min.
15:28Brylin: Holding - 2 min.
18:28Modry: Holding - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
02:36Rupp: Interference - 2 min.
07:10Daley: Fighting - 5 min.
07:10Daley: Gross Misconduct - 10 min.
07:10Daley: Instigator - 2 min.
07:10Rasmussen: Fighting - 5 min.
10:06Barnaby: Hooking - 2 min.
18:03Lehtinen: Interference - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
01:12Lindros: Hooking - 2 min.
10:47Turco: Interference - 2 min.
18:55White: Abuse of Official(bench) - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
New Jersey479 20
Dallas11147 32
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Martin Brodeur59:48283
Marty Turco59:43191
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 18532
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Don Koharski, Dan O'Rourke
Line Judges - Brad Lazarowich, Mark Wheler
 
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