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
"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
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."
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.