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Nashville at Dallas

Stars stay hot at home, end Preds' four-game win streak

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DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators were dragging, with both playing their fourth game in six nights. The Stars had a little more left.

Brian Sutherby scored a short-handed goal, Brad Richards had a power-play goal and an assist, and the Stars ended the Predators' four-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory Sunday night.

"They're not all masterpieces, but we'll take the win and the two points," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "You're physically fatigued but you push through it."

Marty Turco made 25 saves, and Mark Parrish added a goal for the Stars, 11-1-1 in their last 13 at home. Steve Ott's empty-netter with 1:34 left clinched the win for the Stars, coming off a 10-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night.

The Stars are 9-2-2 in their last 13 games, all starts by Turco. Dallas' special teams also have come up big during the current streak, with the Stars going 7-for-21 on the power play in February.

"Marty was on tonight and that was huge," Richards said. "We weren't at our best but we found a way to get through it. It's nice to have the special teams going. It was a tough week. Tonight we battled through some sluggish play."

Turco played in his 23rd consecutive game, tying Cesare Maniago's franchise record set in the 1968-69 season when the team was based in Minnesota. Turco is 8-2 in his last 10 with a 1.80 goals-against average.

Turco said fatigue hasn't been a problem, adding that his teammates are helping out by playing far better defense than they did in December when the Stars tumbled to 15th and last in the Western Conference.

"I feel energetic and sharp," Turco said. "I need to be playing with confidence and poise, getting the opportunity to make and make saves."

Former Star Jason Arnott scored for Nashville. The Predators had won five of their previous seven games with Dallas.

Dallas' Mike Modano got a double-minor for high-sticking 2:19 after the opening faceoff when his stick caught the face of Nashville's Steve Sullivan, drawing blood.

But the Stars' penalty-killing unit produced the game's first goal when Sutherby scored for the third time in his last five games, converting Richards' centering pass on a 2-on-1 break at 5:07.

Parrish made it 2-0 at 15:32 of the first period, sweeping a loose puck into an open net. Nashville goalie Dan Ellis appeared to have control after stopping a shot by James Neal, but the puck skittered through Ellis' pads and Parrish tapped it in.

"We know we have to get a better start than we did tonight," Sullivan said.

Nashville held a 13-8 shots edge in the second period, and Arnott scored off a 2-on-1 with J.P. Dumont at 14:04.

But Turco stopped the rest, frustrating the Predators, who had outscored their opponents 14-4 during their four straight victories.

"We definitely had a bunch of chances in the second period, but it was a case of running into a hot goalie," Predators defenseman Shea Weber said. "We shot ourselves in the foot in the first period, and it's tough to play from behind, especially against a good team like this."

Dallas skated 5-on-3 when Richards blasted a 40-footer past a screened Ellis at 1:42 of the third period to make it 3-1.

Notes

  • Tippett said there would be no practice on Monday, giving the team a rare day off.
  • Out for the Stars were LW Fabian Brunnstrom (ankle) and RW Landon Wilson (ribs).
  • The Predators were without RWs Jordin Tootoo (hand) and Wade Belak (shoulder).
  • Dallas D Stephane Robidas was credited with his 100th career assist on Sutherby's goal.
  • Sullivan missed the rest of the first period to get medical attention but was back on the ice for the second period. He needed multiple stitches to close a gash on his upper lip.
  • Ott has at least a point in a career-high eight games.
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Brian Sutherby slips the puck past goalie Dan Ellis to open the scoring for Dallas.  (AP)
Brian Sutherby slips the puck past goalie Dan Ellis to open the scoring for Dallas. (AP)

Scoreboard
Nashville (25-25-3)0101
Dallas  (26-19-7) «2024
Three Stars
M. Turco
DAL


Saves: 25
Save Pct.: .962
B. Richards
DAL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
J. Arnott
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:07Short - Brian Sutherby (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Richards, Robidas
15:32Mark Parrish (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Neal, Grossman
2ND PERIOD
14:04Jason Arnott (20), Wrist Shot. Assist: Dumont, Jones
3RD PERIOD
01:42Power Play - Brad Richards (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Ribeiro, Lehtinen
18:26Steve Ott (11), Empty Net. Assist: Lehtinen, Niskanen
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:19Modano, 4 min, High-Sticking
2ND PERIOD
32.0Dumont, 2 min, Elbowing
16:37Parrish, 2 min, Interference
20:00Sullivan, 4 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
07.0Ellis, 2 min, Delay of Game
08:40Ott, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Nashville813526
Dallas68822
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dan Ellis59:43183
Marty Turco60:00251
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Nashville0-for-4
Dallas1-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 17689
Referees - Rob Shick, Greg Kimmerly
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Jay Sharrers
 
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