Dallas Stars: Colin Wilson

Stars rally to down Predators, 3-2

February, 26, 2011
2/26/11
2:13
PM CT
Alex Goligoski scored the game-tying goal with 13:58 left in the game and then set up Loui Eriksson’s game-winning power play goal with 3:42 remaining as the Dallas Stars rallied for a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators at American Airlines Center Saturday afternoon. Tom Wandell also scored for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen made 23 saves. The win – the second straight for the Stars – put them back into the top eight in the Western Conference.

Quotable

“It was important. I give our guys credit for digging in and finding a way. I thought we started the game the way we wanted to. We knew it was going to be a hard-fought, hard-skating battle. They play a style of game where they don’t beat themselves… It was a hard-fought two points.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“Third periods have generally been our best. We just let’s stick with it. If it takes 20 minutes or five minutes, we just need to believe that if we kept outworking them and outchancing them some of them would go in and that was the case. We got a lucky bounce on one and nice play by [Goligoski] on the other one.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow.

“This is a huge win for us and to be in a playoff spot again. We battled hard and we know what’s at stake. It’s exactly what we needed.” – Stars center Tom Wandell

Notes

*The Stars have allowed just four goals over their last three games.

*The Stars won 36 of 64 (56 percent) faceoffs in the game. Steve Ott won 13 of 18 and Mike Ribeiro won 11 of 17.

*Tom Wandell scored his first goal since December 16. It was also his first point since December 16, ending a 24-game drought.

*Loui Eriksson scored his team-leading sixth game-winning goal of the season.

*Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski has one goal and two assists in his last two games.

First period

The Stars went on the power play 1:04 into the game, but couldn’t generate anything with the chance. But the Stars did get some chances later in the period and Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was up to the task, stopping Jamie Benn’s point blank bid and then denying a great chance by Trevor Daley off the rush.

The Stars finally got on the board with 1:54 left in the period. Just after killing off Nashville’s first power play of the game, Tom Wandell scored on a two-on-one rush to give Dallas a 1-0 lead.

Kari Lehtonen made 12 saves in the period for the Stars.

Brian Sutherby was scratched among the forwards.

Second period

The Predators tied the game 5:00 into the second period. After help breaking up a play in his own end, Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter started the rush the other way and then finished it off by scoring on the rebound of his own shot to make it a 1-1 game.

The Predators took the lead at the 13:32 mark when Cody Franson put a shot on the net off the rush, creating a big rebound off Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen and a diving Colin Wilson put the rebound into the net to make it 2-1 Nashville.

The Stars went on a 1:35 five-on-three power play late in the period, but it turned into a four-on-three when Brenden Morrow took a holding penalty ten seconds into it. The Stars couldn’t score on the power plays, missing an excellent opportunity to tie.

The Stars had some great chances in the final seconds of the period to tie the game, but Pekka Rinne stopped Jamie Benn and then Jamie Langenbrunner’s bid on the rebound.

Third period

The Stars tied the game at the 6:02 mark when an Alex Goligoski shot from the right point deflected off the shin of Predators defenseman Jonathan Blum and bounced past Rinne.

The Stars took the lead with 3:42 remaining on a power play goal. After Nashville’s Joel Ward fanned on a two-on-one shorthanded chance, Goligoski grabbed the puck, started the rush and finished off the play by setting up Loui Eriksson, who redirected the puck into the net.

Stars lineup

Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn
Eriksson-Benn-Vincour
Ott-Burish-Langenbrunner
Barch-Wandell-Petersen
Petersen-Wandell-Williams

Goligoski-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Fistric

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: Sutherby

Injured: Richards (concussion-like symptoms), Grossman (hip)

Power play units

Eriksson-Ribeiro-Morrow-Robidas-Goligoski
Langenbrunner-Ott-Benn-Daley-Woywitka

Penalty kill units

Benn-Ott-Skrastins-Robidas
Burish-Petersen-Fistric-Goligoski
Wandell-Eriksson-Skrastins-Robidas

Raycroft makes 44 saves as Stars win 4-2

December, 28, 2010
12/28/10
7:53
PM CT

Andrew Raycroft made 44 saves and his teammates scored three third period goals as the Dallas Stars rallied for a 4-2 victory in Nashville Tuesday night. Loui Eriksson had a goal and an assist, Mark Fistric tallied the game-winning goal and Steve Ott and Krys Barch also scored for the Stars, who won their fourth straight road game despite being outshot 46-25. The Stars improved to 22-11-4 on the season and pulled to within two points of Western Conference leading Detroit. The Stars and Red Wings meet Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.

First period

Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft made 16 saves in the period, including a glove save on a point blank backhand chance by Nashville’s Sergei Kostitsyn with five seconds left in the period.

Raycroft got some help earlier in the period when defenseman Stephane Robidas made two blocks on Nashville shorthanded chances after Raycroft turned over the puck and was caught out of position.

Stars coach Marc Crawford juggled his lines for the game, moving Brian Sutherby onto to the top line with Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson. James Neal moved to the left side of a line with Steve Ott and Adam Burish.

Defenseman Nicklas Grossman and center Tom Wandell missed the game due to illness and Brandon Segal was a healthy scratch.

Second period

Raycroft stopped 17 of 18 shots in the second period for the Stars. Just after he make a poke check save on Kevin Klein the Stars headed the other way and scored when Loui Eriksson made a pretty no look, backhand centering pass that Steve Ott knocked home from close range to put the Stars up 1-0 at the 4:39 mark of the period.

Raycroft held the fort until the final minute of the period when the Predators finally cashed in on their fifth power play chance of the game. Colin Wilson backhanded a rebound by Raycroft on Nashville’s 33rd shot of the game to tie the game at 1-1 with 59.4 seconds remaining.

Third period

Nashville took a 2-1 lead 32 seconds into the third period when Wilson scored on a breakaway, slipping a backhand shot past Raycroft for his second goal of the game.

The Stars answered quickly, getting the equalizer just 1:12 later when Eriksson took a pass from Benn off the rush and roofed a shot over Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne to make it a 2-2 game.

The Stars took a 3-2 lead at the 8:18 mark when defenseman Mark Fistric picked off a wrap-around pass at the left point and put a shot on net that hit a stick and went past Rinne for his first goal of the season.

Less than two minutes later the Stars extended the lead when Krys Barch scored his first goal of the season, driving the net and banging home the rebound of a Brian Sutherby shot to make it a 4-2 game at the 10:05 mark at the third period.

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