New Jersey at Dallas

Eriksson starts, finishes scoring for Stars in win over Devils wire reports

DALLAS -- Loui Eriksson scored Dallas' first short-handed goal of the season, Mark Parrish added a power-play goal, and the Stars won a rare game with their special teams.

Eriksson added an empty-netter with 40 seconds left to help the Stars end the New Jersey Devils' three-game winning streak, 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Dallas' special teams have struggled all season, with the Stars starting the night 27th in the league in penalty-kill percentage and 22nd in power-play percentage.

This time, the Stars got a pair of special-teams goals and killed three of four Devils power plays.

"It was big," said Dallas' Brad Richards, who had three assists. "We killed some penalties and we generated some good chances on the power play. Scoring shorthanded, it was about time. It gave us some momentum."

Landon Wilson added a goal for Dallas.

Marty Turco had 25 saves for the Stars, 5-1-1 in their last seven.

Turco made a skate save on Patrik Elias' breakaway with 3:05 left to preserve a 3-2 lead.

"I tried to squeeze it for dear life," Turco said. "I wasn't sure, but when I heard the crowd cheer I knew it was out. I was hoping it hit my foot and it did."

Turco also came up with a sliding stop on Devils top scorer Zach Parise's shot from the left circle with about 14 minutes remaining to preserve the 3-2 lead. Parise had three goals in his previous two games.

David Clarkson had a power-play goal, and Mike Mottau also scored for the Devils, who had been 5-1-1 in their last seven on the road and were coming off Tuesday night's 4-3 win at St. Louis.

Scott Clemmensen stopped 40 shots for the Devils.

With the game tied at 2, Parrish's rebound at 9:58 of the second period put Dallas ahead for good.

Eriksson took a lead pass from Trevor Daley and scored his 19th of the season from the right circle while the Stars were on the penalty kill for the game's first goal at 10:09 of the first period.

"It's been a lot of games without one," Eriksson said. "It was nice to finally get one. We got the two points that we needed and that's what we were looking for."

Mottau notched his first goal of the season from the high slot through Turco's pads to tie it at 1 at 17:30 of the opening period.

Dallas' Stephane Robidas was in the penalty box for hooking when Clarkson's rebound gave New Jersey a 2-1 advantage with 24 seconds left in the first period.

But the Stars rallied with a two-goal second period behind an 18-2 edge in shots.

Wilson skated to the front of the net to convert Mike Ribeiro's centering pass at 5:39 of the second period, evening the score at 2, and Parrish notched the go-ahead goal 4:19 later.

"I'm disappointed in how we played tonight," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "The second period was a lack of competitiveness and a lack of intensity. It was probably our worst period all season."


  • The Stars called up Ivan Visnevskiy from Peoria of the AHL earlier in the day. The 20-year-old defenseman, Dallas' first-round pick in 2006, was among the Stars' scratches.
  • Dallas lost the only other meeting between the teams this season, 5-0 on Oct. 22 in New Jersey.
  • Devils top goalie Martin Brodeur is working out off ice as his rehab continues from surgery two months ago to reattach a torn tendon in his left arm. Brodeur is on schedule to return in February.
  • New Jersey D Colin White is out with an upper-body injury.
  • Parrish has 15 goals in 37 games against the Devils.
  • The Stars had lost three straight in their annual home game on New Year's Eve.
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Mark Parrish scores for the 15th time in 37 games against New Jersey. (AP)
Mark Parrish scores for the 15th time in 37 games against New Jersey. (AP)
New Jersey (21-12-3)2002
Dallas  (16-15-5) «1214
Three Stars
B. Richards

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
S. Clemmensen

Saves: 40
Save Pct.: .930
L. Eriksson

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
10:09Short - Loui Eriksson (19), Wrist Shot. Assist: Daley, Richards
17:30Mike Mottau (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Elias, Gionta
19:36Power Play - David Clarkson (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Zubrus, Gionta
05:39Landon Wilson (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ribeiro, Barch
09:58Power Play - Mark Parrish (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Richards, Robidas
19:19Loui Eriksson (20), Empty Net. Assist: Richards
Penalty Summary
04:03Modano, 2 min, Tripping
09:18Wilson, 2 min, Interference
18:10Robidas, 2 min, Hooking
08:26Holik, 2 min, Hooking
10:40Greene, 2 min, Hooking
18:47Clarkson, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
19:37Martin, 2 min, Cross-Checking
08:01Hutchinson, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
New Jersey1421127
Scott Clemmensen59:36403
Marty Turco60:00252
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
New Jersey1-for-4
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Referees - Dave Jackson, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Brian Murphy, Brad Lazarowich
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