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Dallas at Nashville

Stars snap Predators' six-game winning streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Half a minute of poor play was enough to end the Nashville Predators' six-game winning streak.

Loui Eriksson and Matt Niskanen scored goals 30 seconds apart early in the third period to give the Dallas Stars a 3-1 victory over Nashville on Tuesday.

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3y-Vancouver485921
4x-St. Louis486024
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6x-San Jose485717
7x-Detroit485622
8x-Minnesota485522
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9o-Columbus485519
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11o-Dallas484820
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Trevor Daley also scored for Dallas while Shea Weber scored for Nashville, which is sixth in the Western Conference.

Dallas won for the second time in three games despite being outshot 35-14.

"You can see how much confidence [Nashville] is playing with," Dallas coach Marc Crawford said. "When they make a mistake, they don't get worried. It's a nice feeling, it comes from winning. Hopefully we can put a few wins together so we'll have that feeling too."

Just a minute and a half into the third period, Brad Richards intercepted a pass by Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter just outside of the Predators' blue line. Richards found Eriksson on the right side, and he beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle. Rinne finished with 11 saves.

"I tried to shoot it quick, and I went high glove there," Eriksson said. "He wasn't able to save it, so it was nice that it went in."

Niskanen gave the Stars a 3-1 lead 30 seconds later with a slap shot from the right point through traffic that beat Rinne on the far side.

"They executed, and it was a couple of quick goals in two minutes at the beginning of the third period," Rinne said. "You have to go through it and then forget it after that."

After a scoreless first period, Daley opened the scoring at 8:10 of the second period.

From the left of the Nashville net, Richards threw the puck in front. Rinne tried to pounce on the puck, but it trickled into the low slot and Daley sent a one-timer into the vacated net.

"Tonight was one that could have gone either way," Daley said. "We found a way to win tonight, but obviously our goalie was unreal tonight."

Daley's goal was his 100th career point.

Weber tied the game at 1 at 16:02 of the middle period with a slap shot from the right circle that sailed over the glove of Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

"We definitely played with a lack of urgency," Weber said. "We weren't really jumping the pucks and playing the way we're used to."

Steve Sullivan and Suter assisted on Weber's goal.

"Obviously, we had plenty of shots and plenty of chances," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We had some chances, but just didn't finish."

Lehtonen made 34 saves for Dallas.

"It's always good to get some shots, and I think our guys were keeping them in the corners," Lehtonen said. "We were in a good situation after two, we were able to keep it 1-1 on the road against a hot team. We were confident and we got a couple of quick goals right away."

Notes

  • Nashville captain Jason Arnott missed his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury.
  • Sullivan has points in five of his past six games.
  • Richards has points in six consecutive games.
  • Dallas C Mike Modano missed his fifth straight game.
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Loui Eriksson, who scores a goal, congratulates Kari Lehtonen for his effort in net. (Getty Images)
Loui Eriksson, who scores a goal, congratulates Kari Lehtonen for his effort in net. (Getty Images)
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Dallas  (32-27-14) «0123
Nashville (42-27-5)0101
Three Stars
L. Eriksson
DAL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
J. Lehtinen
DAL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
B. Richards
DAL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
08:10Trevor Daley (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Richards, Eriksson
16:02Shea Weber (14), Slap Shot. Assist: Sullivan, Suter
3RD PERIOD
01:30Loui Eriksson (27), Snap Shot. Assist: Richards
02:00Matt Niskanen (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Morrow, Segal
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:11Bouillon, 2 min, Holding
04:40Ott, 2 min, Holding
13:22Goc, 2 min, Tripping
13:41Ribeiro, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
16:14Ribeiro, 2 min, Roughing
16:14Hornqvist, 2 min, Roughing
16:55Lehtinen, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
05:00Boyd, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
11:13Barch, 2 min, Charging
19:26Grossman, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Dallas55414
Nashville1412935
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Kari Lehtonen60:00341
Pekka Rinne58:33113
Game Information
Attendance - 15501
Referees - Steve Kozari, Chris Rooney
Linesmen - Tony Sericolo, Brad Lazarowich
 
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