- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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The Dallas Stars opened their six-game homestand with a 1-0 loss to the Nashville Predators, who got a 30-save performance from goaltender Pekka Rinne.
Nashville got a goal from Cal O’Reilly 42 seconds into the game and Rinne held the for the rest of the way against the Stars, who played well and got some quality scoring chances in the game.
“I think that was one of the best games we've played this year,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “I thought except for a couple minutes in the first period, they played as good a game as we could have asked them to play... I believe if we play that type of game and capitalize on our chances the way we have been, we’ll be pretty pleased with a lot of outings like that and we’ll be on the good side of them."
The Stars, who outshot Nashville 30-24 on the night, are now 5-2-0 on the season. Nashville, the only team in the league without a regulation loss, is now 4-0-3 on the season.
The Dallas Stars still trail the Nashville Predators 1-0 after two periods at American Airlines Center. The Stars had some great chances to get the equalizer, but couldn’t cash in.
The Stars got their first power play of the game at 9:28 of the second period and both teams had great chances. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne made a nice sprawling save after a shot from the point led to a scramble around the net and then a few moments later he stopped James Neal from point blank range. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen came up big, stopping Nashville’s Steve Sullivan on a shorthanded breakaway.
The Stars had another power play later in the period and Jamie Benn had a good look at an open net and shot high.
With the teams back at five-on-five play later in the period, Mike Ribeiro hit a post off the rush.
Some notes from the second period.
The Stars outshot the Predators 13-5 in the second and now have a 21-16 shots advantage through two periods
The Stars are 0-2 on the power play and 1-1 on the penalty kill in the game
The Stars have won 23 of 38 faceoffs through two periods
Mike Ribeiro has won 10 of 12 faceoffs
Ribeiro and James Neal lead the Stars with four shots on goal through two periods
The Dallas Stars trail the Nashville Predators 1-0 after 20 minutes at American Airlines Center. The only goal of the period came early.
The Predators scored just 42 seconds into the game when a Shea Weber blast from the right point hit the post and Cal O’Reilly scored off the rebound.
The Stars had some good chances, among them was a Brenden Morrow shot from close range that was turned away by Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.
The Stars took a penalty late in the period, so Nashville will have 1:39 of power play time when the second period opens.
Some notes from the first period.
Nashville outshot the Stars 11-8
The Stars won 11 of 16 faceoffs
Mike Ribeiro was 5-5 in faceoffs in the period
There was only one penalty called (Matt Niskanen/interference) and that came in the final minute of the period, giving Nashville the first power play of the game