The Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn (14) battled for position in front of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), as defenseman Shea Weber moved in on Friday.
Louis DeLuca, Dallas Morning News
Stars too much for Predators 7-3
- Associated Press
- March 29, 2014 - 1:29 AM
DALLAS — The Dallas Stars had seven players score goals in a 7-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.
Alex Goligoski had three assists, tying his career high.
Colton Sceviour, Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt each had a goal and an assist.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 28 shots.
Pekka Rinne had 22 saves.
After Nashville pulled within 5-3 in the third period on Eric Nystrom's goal, Valeri Nichushkin and Cody Eakin scored 9 seconds apart for a 7-3 edge.
Goals by Garbutt and Vernon Fiddler gave the Stars a 2-0 lead after one period.
Sceviour, Alex Chiasson and Daley scored in the second period that ended with a 5-2 advantage for Dallas.
The Predators' Patric Hornqvist and Michael Del Zotto also scored in the second.
The victory improved Dallas' playoff hopes. The Stars have 81 points — three behind Phoenix, which has the Western Conference's last playoff position.
The Stars have nine games remaining, including a game Saturday at St. Louis. Phoenix has eight to play.
The game started well for the Stars against Nashville, which was coming off a 6-1 win over Buffalo on Thursday.
Garbutt gave Dallas a 1-0 lead when he tipped Antoine Roussel's pass from the right corner past Rinne.
The Stars took a 2-0 lead on a 2-on-1 rush at 14:05 of the first. As a defender slid to the ice attempting to block a shot, Sceviour passed across to Fiddler on the right side, and he drilled a snap shot into the net.
Dallas outshot the Predators 9-5 in the period.
Nashville's best chance to score came on the only shot during the power play, when Craig Smith's shot from the top of the left circle went off Lehtonen's pads.
NOTES: Garbutt's first-period goal was his third in two games and his 15th this season. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are the only Stars with more than 15. ... Seguin had an assist, stretching his consecutive-game scoring streak to 11 games (seven goals, 11 assists). Benn's assist gave him 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in his past 16. ... The Stars' victory evened the teams' season series at 2-2, with the home team winning each game. The series concludes with the Predators visiting Dallas April 8. ... Shea Weber played in his 600th game. ... Calle Jarnkrok, who assisted on Del Zotto's goal, has one point in each of his first five NHL games (one goal, four assists). ... Before the game, Dallas center Chris Mueller was reassigned to Texas of the American Hockey League. ... On Military Night, Stars players bought 500 tickets and fans donated 500 for active and retired service people. Dallas wore camouflage sweaters for the pregame skate.
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