Series (Game 1 of 4)

Dallas leads 3-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 11th
Game 2: Saturday, November 1st
Game 3: Sunday, November 2nd
Game 4: Friday, December 26th

Stars 3

(2-0-0, 4 pts)

Predators 1

(1-1-0, 2 pts)

8:00 PM ET, October 11, 2003

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 T
DAL 1 0 23
NSH 0 1 01

S. Zubov (Stars - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

M. Turco (Stars - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .960

M. Zidlicky (Predators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville coach Barry Trotz warned his team not to let the Dallas Stars score first.

That's exactly what the Predators did Saturday night as Pierre Turgeon scored late in the first period, and Dallas went on to a 3-1 win over Nashville.

"When they get the lead they can stifle you pretty good," Trotz said. "They are tough to get back on."

Turgeon fired a shot from low in the slot through a crowd in front of the net to beat Tomas Vokoun at 18:17.

Dallas goaltender Marty Turco set off brawl at the end of the game when he elbowed Nashville's Scott Hartnell after slashing him earlier. Turco was given three penalties during the melee and finished the game with five.

Dallas coach Dave Tippett was concerned with Turco's penchant for penalties.

"He needs to play goal, not take penalties," he said.

Mike Modano scored a power-play goal in the third period to cap the victory. Stationed in the middle of the right circle, Modano received a perfect pass from Sergei Zubov and then sent a one-timer past Vokoun.

The Stars converted one of four power plays, while Nashville scored only once in eight attempts.

"Our penalty killers did a great job," Tippett said. "We took some penalties that could have come back top haunt us."

The Predators tied it in the second period when Andreas Johansson sent a cross-ice pass to Marek Zidlicky, whose one-timer went over a sprawling Turco.

Antti Miettinen scored on a breakaway at 7:05 of the third period to give the Stars a 2-1 lead. Miettinen skated in from the right side as part of a two-on-none breakaway. He shifted the puck from his backhand to his forehand and put it between the goal post and Vokoun's skates.<

The Stars lost three of four to the Predators last season.

"We have mentioned this Nashville team a lot since preseason," Turco said. "They are a hard team to play against. They work really hard. We wanted to match their intensity. And we came through in the end."

Game notes

Modano has 21 career points (13 goals, eight assists) against the Predators, but did not score a goal against them last season. John Erskin, the least experienced player on Dallas' roster with 50 career NHL games, has played in 44 more than four Nashville defensemen (Dan Hamhuis, Robert Schnabel, Wade Brookbank and Zidlicky) have combined.

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