The Dallas Stars scored on the power play twice -- once in the first and once in the third -- and earned a 2-0 victory over the struggling Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. The Stars move to 11-6-6 (28 points) and 5-3-3 at home.
The Stars finally put together solid showings in back-to-back games. And they did it at home, no less. Before Monday, the Stars were 1-5-3 after a win. So they altered an alarming trend. That's good news for Dallas.
Morrow was hanging out in front of the net, never an easy thing, and made his presence felt. He was attacking and making life hard on the Hurricanes defensemen and goalie Manny Legace.
Jamie Benn got the Stars' first goal, grabbing a rebound and putting it in top shelf. That line, with Morrow and Mike Modano, was the best line on the ice Monday. They created scoring chances and kept the pressure up in the offensive end.
It was another solid and steady effort from Stephane Robidas, who had to do it this time without Nicklas Grossman, who was scratched with a lower body injury. He's listed as day-to-day. Robidas made some nice passes and was good on the point on the power play.
Marty Turco may not have faced a bunch of shots, but he made some very big saves. It was 1-0 for a long time in the hockey game and Turco made sure it stayed that way.
Penalty killing was good for Dallas. They had to kill off 1:38 of a two-man advantage in the third period and did it to essentially preserve the win. Grossman would have normally played on that unit, so the rest of the team did a nice job of hanging in and not allowing a goal.
Brad Richards had a goal and an assist. He's the quarterback on the power play and was on target Monday. Richards knows how to finish.
Stars got a break on a disallowed goal in the second period that would have tied the score. Ray Whitney scored, but the replays showed he kicked the puck and didn't get a skate on it. So it was disallowed (you can't kick the puck in the net). The Stars really played better after that.