Stars down Blue Jackets 2-1

Kari Lehtonen stopped 35 shots and Brad Richards scored both goals, including the game-winner with 13:43 remaining, to lift the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 victory at Columbus on Saturday night. The Stars, 9-2-2 in their last 13 games, are 19-10-3 on the season and two points behind Western Conference leader Detroit. The Stars and Red Wings play in Detroit on Sunday.

First period

Columbus dominated play the first half of the period, but Kari Lehtonen came up big in net for the Stars. He had great stops on Jan Hejda and Rick Nash to keep it a scoreless game.

The Stars then got back-to-back power plays, including 55 seconds of 5-on-3 time, and cashed in just after the two-man advantage expired to take the lead when Brad Richards scored from the slot at the 13:13 mark.

Columbus kept up the pressure, killed off a third Dallas power play and then scored with 48.4 seconds left in the period to tie the game. After a turnover in the neutral zone, Ethan Moreau put a puck on net and defenseman Fedor Tyutin crashed the net and tipped the rebound home.

Some notes after one period.

  • The Blue Jackets outshot the Stars 14-6.

  • Five of the Stars’ six shots in the period came on the power play.

  • The Stars were 1-3 on the power play in the period. Columbus had no power play chances in the period.

  • Columbus won 17 of 26 faceoffs in the period.

  • Stars forward Krys Barch and Columbus Tom Sestito picked up fighting majors in the period.

Second period

There was no scoring in the second period, but there was plenty of action. The Stars got a chance on the power play early in the period and then Columbus got the next four power play chances, including a brief 5-on-3.

Columbus appeared to take a 2-1 lead with 5:00 left in the period, but the goal was waved off for goaltender interference.

There was a major scrum that included a fight between Krys Barch and Jared Boll after a hit by Blue Jackets forward Tom Sestito hit on Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman.

Some notes after two periods.

  • The Blue Jackets outshot the Stars 13-7 in the second period and have a 27-13 advantage through 40 minutes.

  • The Stars are 1-4 on the power play and Columbus is 0-4 on the power play.

  • The Blue Jackets have won 27 of 48 faceoffs through two periods.

  • Nicklas Grossman has four blocked shots through two periods.

  • Stars forward Adam Burish was cut above the eye by a puck that flew into the Stars bench, but he continued to play.

  • There were a total of 42 penalty minutes assessed in the second period.

Third period

Kari Lehtonen came up with a big save early in the third, stopping Derek Dorsett from close range to keep it a 1-1 game.

Mathieu Garon made two nice saves on Stephane Robidas with Dallas on the power play to keep Columbus tied.

But with the teams playing 4-on-4, the Stars finally broke the tie. Brad Richards made a nice play in the defensive zone to start a 2-on-1 rush the other way with Loui Eriksson and then finished it off by beating Garon with a wrist shot to give Dallas a 2-1 lead at the 6:17 mark.

The Stars killed off one more Columbus power play. Lehtonen stopped nine shots in the third for a total of 35 saves in the game.