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Saturday, October 15, 2011
Stars down Blue Jackets, 4-2

By Mark Stepneski

The Dallas Stars improved to 4-1-0 on the season with a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night at American Airlines Center.

Mike Ribeiro had three assists, Brenden Morrow and Michael Ryder each had one goal and one assist and Loui Eriksson and Sheldon Souray also scored goals.

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 13 shots for the Stars, who outshot Columbus 33-15 on the night.

First period

The Blue Jackets, who came into the game 0-20 on the power play, cashed on their first chance of  game when Vinny Prospal redirected Fedor Tyutin’s shot from the left point into the net at 6:46 of the first period.

The Stars drew even at 11:25 when Mike Ribeiro sent a cross-ice pass through the crease to Brenden Morrow, who whipped the puck into the open side of the net to make it a 1-1 game.

Second period

Columbus took a 2-1 lead 1:13 into the second. After a Stephane Robidas shot from the top of the right circle went wide of the net, the puck went to R.J. Umberger and he set up Alexandre Giroux, who busted in on goal and beat Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen with a snap shot.

The Stars drew even at the 9:21 mark when Steve Ott’s centering pass from the corner bounced off Loui Eriksson’s stick, a Columbus defender and into the net.

Third period

Sheldon Souray put the Stars up 3-2 at the 1:36 mark of the third, beating Mason with a blast from the left point for his first goal as a Star.

The Stars made it a 4-2 game with a power play goal from Michael Ryder, who took a cross-crease pass from Morrow and scored on a one-timer with 6:08 remaining in the game.

Stars lineup

Morrow-Ribeiro-Ryder
Ott-Benn-Eriksson
Burish-Fiddler-Dvorak
Dowell-Wandell-Petersen

Goligoski-Pardy
Souray-Robidas
Grossman-Daley

Lehtonen (starter)
Raycroft

Scratches: Fistric, Barch, Nystrom
Injured: None