Stars top Canadiens 5-2
December, 21, 2010
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The Dallas Stars made it 11 wins in their last 15 games (11-2-2) and ran their home points streak to 12 games (10-0-2) with a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. Adam Burish, Jamie Benn, Karlis Skrastins, Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson scored goals for the Stars. Stephane Robidas chipped in three assists and Steve Ott had two helpers. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 29 shots. The Stars improved to 21-10-3 on the season and their 45 points have them sitting in first place in the Western Conference.
The Stars opened the scoring at the 6:59 mark when Stephane Robidas hit Steve Ott with a breakout pass and Ott skated into the Montreal zone, waited and then put a shot on net that Adam Burish deflected past Habs goalie Carey Price.
The Stars extended lead with a shorthanded goal exactly 7:00 later when Ott sent Jamie Benn on a breakaway and Benn slipped a backhand shot Price to make it a 2-0 game at the 13:59 mark.
Montreal made a strong push to cut into the lead at the end of the period, but Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen came up with several sharp stops.
Some notes after one period.
*Montreal outshot the Stars 9-7 in the period.
*Montreal was 0-2 on the power play in the period. The Stars had no power play chances.
*The Stars were credited with 10 blocked shots in the period. Karlis Skrastins led the way with three blocks.
*The Stars won 7 of 18 faceoffs in the period.
*Mark Fistric and Krys Barch were the healthy scratches for the Stars.
The Stars extended the lead to 3-0 at the 2:31 mark of the second period. Defenseman Karlis Skrastins carried the puck deep into the Montreal zone, fed the puck to Matt Niskanen, who put a shot on net and Skrastins finished off the play by scoring off a scramble in front of the net.
The Stars came close to making a 4-0 game at the 9:00 mark, but Montreal goalie Carey Price made a sharp save on a Loui Eriksson backhand shot from close range.
Montreal cut it to a 3-1 lead at the 10:43 mark when Travis Moen centered the puck from behind the goal line and the puck went off Mathieu Darche’s skate and past Kari Lehtonen.
The Stars went on their first power play of the game late in the second and they cashed in to make it a 4-1 game. Brad Richards’ shot from the left point deflected off traffic and past Price with 3:00 left in the period.
Some note after two periods.
*The Canadiens outshot the Stars 10-5 in the second period and have a 20-12 advantage for the game.
*The Stars are 1-1 on the power play in the game and Montreal is 0-2.
*The Stars have won 15 of 36 (42%) faceoffs through two periods.
Montreal cut the Stars’ lead to 4-2 with a shorthanded goal at the 12:15 mark. Scott Gomez set up Brian Gionta, who scored off a one-timer from the left circle.
But the Stars still had time left on the power play and cashed in just eight seconds after it expired when Mike Ribeiro put the puck towards the net from the right circle and Loui Eriksson deflected it past Montreal goal Carey Price at the 13:08 mark.