Loui Eriksson scores two, Stars beat Pens 5-2

The Dallas Stars made it two straight wins, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in impressive fashion Wednesday night. Loui Eriksson scored two goals and assisted on one other as the Stars topped Pittsburgh 5-2 at American Airlines Center.

Stephane Robidas had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who also got goals from Brad Richards and Steve Ott. Kari Lehtonen was solid in net, stopping 21 shots for his sixth win of the season.

The Stars penalty kill came up big in the game, going 4-4 including a 1:37 five-on-three advantage for the Penguins.

The game featured four fights, including one late in the second period between Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and Stars defenseman Matt Niskanen.

The Stars, who are now 2-3-0 on their six-game homestand, host Phoenix Friday night.

Third period

Loui Eriksson scored his second goal of the night at 5:13 of the third to make it a 5-1 game. Right off a faceoff Eriksson got to a puck in the slot and fired a shot past Penguins goalie Brent Johnson.

Pittsburgh made it a 5-2 game with 4:24 remaining when the Stars turned the puck over in their own zone and Matt Cooke scored on shot from the right circle.

Second period

It was a wild second period at American Airlines Center. The Dallas Stars extended their lead to 4-1 in the period, which featured a penalty shot goal and three fights, including one between Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Stars defenseman Matt Niskanen.

The Penguins got on the board at 6:20 of the second when Tyler Kennedy to a loose puck off a faceoff in the Dallas zone and backhanded a puck past Kari Lehtonen from the left circle to make it a 2-1 game.

The Stars killed off a Penguins power play a short time later to keep it a 2-1 game and Lehtonen made a great save on Maxime Talbot’s rebound chance at even strength later time in the period.

The Stars extended the lead to 3-1 at the 10:51 mark of the period. Stephane Robidas pinched in the Penguins zone, took a pass from Mike Ribeiro and sent a cross-ice pass to Steve Ott, who scored from close range.

Loui Eriksson was pulled down by Alex Goligoski as he drove the net and was given a penalty shot at the 11:51 mark. Eriksson pulled Penguins goalie Brent Johnson out of position with a deke and then slipped the puck into the net with one hand to make it a 4-1 game.

There were two fights immediately after that. One involved Brenden Morrow and Kris Letang and the other involved Niskanen and Crosby, who went at it right after a faceoff. Jamie Benn dropped the gloves for the second time later in the period, this time going with Chris Kunitz.

The Penguins had a goal waved off with 3:08 late in the period when it was determined that Mike Comrie redirected a Paul Martin shot into the net with his hand.

Some notes after two periods.

  • The Penguins outshot the Stars 12-6 in the second period. The Stars have an 18-16 advantage for the game.

  • The Stars are 4-4 on the penalty kill through two periods and 0-3 on the power play.

  • The Stars have won 20 of 43 faceoffs in the game.

  • Steve Ott and Brad Richards lead the Stars with four shots apiece.

  • The two teams have combined for 58 penalty minutes through two periods.

First period

The Dallas Stars rolled out an impressive first period at American Airlines Center and lead the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0 heading into the first intermission.

The Stars scored their first goal at the 3:51 mark. Brenden Morrow got to a loose puck in the Pittsburgh zone and sent it to Stephane Robidas, who beat Pittsburgh goalie Brent Johnson with a shot from the right point.

The Stars made it a 2-0 game at the 7:57 mark when Loui Eriksson outbattled two Penguins for the puck behind the Pittsburgh net and James Neal then set up Brad Richards, who scored off a blast from the left circle.

Richards came close to making it a 3-0 game just 36 seconds later, but his shot from the left wing off the rush hit the post.

The Stars’ penalty kill came up big later in the period, killing off a 1:37 five-on-three advantage for the Penguins.

The Stars came close to scoring on their one power play chance in the period, but Johnson made a nice glove save on Steve Ott, who was busting in on net.

The period ended with a fight between Jamie Benn and Pittsburgh’s Tyler Kennedy, who challenged Benn after the Stars forward hit Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin along the benches.

Some notes from the first period:

  • Dallas outshot the Penguins 12-4 in the first 20 minutes.

  • The Stars were 2-2 on the penalty kill and 0-1 on the power play.

  • The Penguins were credited with just one shot during their five-on-three power play.

  • The Stars won 10 of 21 faceoffs in the period.