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Hagman ends shootout for Stars in win over Blue Jackets

CBSSports.com wire reports

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Once again, Niklas Hagman supplied a big goal for the Dallas Stars when it was most needed.

Hagman's shootout backhander powered the Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

Hagman, the 10th player in the shootout, swooped in on goalie Pascal Leclaire and may have surprised him with his move away from the forehand.

"I've tried it a couple of times in practice," Hagman said of the move. "Maybe it's something the goalies don't expect when a guy comes right in front of you and takes a backhanded shot, five hole. It managed to go in."

It was the latest bit of heroics for Hagman, who leads the Stars in game-winning goals with five, tying him with San Jose's Jeremy Roenick for the NHL lead.

"Nobody knew what Haggy was going to do, including us, and it turned out all right," coach Dave Tippett said.

The Stars have won both meetings with Columbus this season in shootouts at Nationwide Arena -- the only wins Dallas has in three shootouts this season.

Chris Conner had the Stars' goal early in the third period, matching Nikolai Zherdev's first-period goal for Columbus.

Dallas was playing its last game of a season-long six-game road trip, while Columbus was returning home after a Western swing to start a five-game homestand.

Marty Turco had 25 saves for Dallas, with Leclaire stopping 33.

"At one point in the third period, you think, 'This is a goalie duel.' And you try to hold up your end of the bargain," Turco said. "When we talk about goaltending around here, it's all about giving the team a chance to win. Most of all, it's a team effort and doing your part. And mine was to match it and keep it at 1-1 until we could find a crack -- and we did."

Zherdev scored in the shootout, with Mike Modano converting for Dallas. Columbus' Curtis Glencross then scored and was matched by Mike Ribeiro. After the Blue Jackets' Gilbert Brule was stopped on a poke check by Turco, Hagman supplied the winner.

Hagman redeemed himself for an early mistake.

Rick Nash set up the regulation Columbus goal, stepping in to steal the puck from Hagman deep in the offensive zone. Nash then slid a pass into the slot where Zherdev redirected it past Turco for his ninth of the year.

Zherdev only had 10 goals all last season and didn't score his ninth until Feb. 18.

The Stars finally broke through just over three minutes into the third period. Conner got behind two Blue Jackets -- and was mugged by them, with a delayed penalty called -- then faked and went backhand to slide the puck between Leclaire's leg pads.

"It was a great pass. It was right on my tape. I was kind of surprised, myself, that I caught it," Conner said of the assist from defenseman Nicklas Grossman. "I just kind of kept going to the net and I was able to beat him."

The Blue Jackets fell to 1-5 in shootouts.

"We had nothing at the end," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We were unlucky not to get two points because we were ahead in the shootout. We squeezed everything we could."


  • The loudest boos of the night came when a fan wearing an LSU football jersey -- Ohio State's opponent in the BCS national title game -- was shown on the center-ice video monitors.
  • Columbus D Adam Foote played in his 950th NHL game.
  • Dallas improved to 20-3-3 record against Columbus while Turco's record soared to 11-1-1 against the Blue Jackets.
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Niklas Hagman backhands the puck into the net, giving the Stars a win in the shootout.  (AP)
Niklas Hagman backhands the puck into the net, giving the Stars a win in the shootout. (AP)
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Three Stars
P. Leclaire

Saves: 33
Save Pct.: .971
M. Turco

Saves: 25
Save Pct.: .962
N. Zherdev

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
13:50Nikolai Zherdev (9), Tip-In. Assist: Rick Nash
03:11Chris Conner (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Niklas Grossman
 Nikolai Zherdev (3), GOAL
 Mike Modano (1), GOAL
 Curtis Glencross (1), GOAL
 Mike Ribeiro (1), GOAL
 Niklas Hagman (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
03:08Niskanen, 2 min, Holding
15:45Glencross, 2 min, Hooking
18:54Klesla, 2 min, Holding the Stick
01:34Halpern, 2 min, Hooking
09:49Lundqvist, 2 min, Tripping
12:59Ott, 2 min, Slashing
18:57Peca, 2 min, Hooking
05:17Robidas, 2 min, Hooking
09:55Hejda, 2 min, Holding
16:55Tollefsen, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Marty Turco 64:5325152
Pascal Leclaire 64:4333153
Game Information
Attendance - 12233
Referees - Dan O'Rourke, Chris Lee
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Brad Lazarowich
Other Games
Car 4 Final
Pho 1 Final
Pitt 3
Edm 4 Final
LA 3
Bos 3 Final
SJ 3 Final
Colo 2