"Everybody stepped up their play and their emotion, and that's
what we needed," Guerin said of the Stars' late surge. "That's
one of the great things about this game -- the passion, the emotion
that you have playing. If you don't have that, you might as well
not play. You can tell who doesn't have it out there. It's easy to
Jason Arnott, Philippe Boucher and Rob DiMaio scored for the
Stars, who had gone 160 minutes and 41 seconds without a goal
before Arnott tied the game at 1-all midway through the third
DiMaio's goal with 2:24 left was the difference. Columbus
goaltender Marc Denis protested that he was pulled down as DiMaio
shot from the top of the right circle.
"It shouldn't have counted," Blue Jackets coach Doug MacLean
said. "You can't brush a goaltender on a shot. Bottom line: he was
in the crease. Obviously, they didn't see it that way."
Rick Nash and Andrej Nedorost scored for the Blue Jackets. Nash
ended Columbus' scoreless run at 110 minutes and 16 seconds,
scoring on a five-on-three rush in the second period.
Marty Turco had 25 saves for the Stars. Denis finished with 31,
giving up three goals in the third period on nine shots after
stopping 22 shots in the opening 40 minutes.
"This is something we needed -- a little character-building,"
Turco said. "It's tough when you have to kill a lot of penalties,
but the good news is we came back."
Down 1-0, the Stars pulled even on Arnott's goal off Guerin's
centering pass from the right boards that hit the skate of a Blue
Jackets player before Arnott scored from the slot with 12:32
"We can't be doing that every night," Arnott said. "It's
going to cost us. In the third we tried to get a guy driving to the
net, get the third guy coming late for shots and it paid off."
Nedorost countered less than a minute later, carrying the puck
around defender John Erskine and beating Turco after skating in
along the right goal line.
Boucher made it 2-all with his third goal of the year with 6:36
left. Guerin rifled a pass across the ice to Boucher near the
boards, the puck bouncing off the wall and Boucher firing a
one-timer high over Denis on the stick side.
During the second intermission, coach Dave Tippett had
instructed the Stars to play and stop taking chippy penalties. They
didn't pick up a penalty in the third period.
"We just talked about hanging around as long as we could and
give ourselves a chance to win," he said. "And that's what we
DiMaio scored the winner when he blasted a shot in stride off a
perfect pass from the blue line by Guerin.
"We needed everybody to do just a little extra. Keep their
mouth shut and just go play the game," DiMaio said.
The Stars withstood a two-minute, two-man disadvantage in the
first period. The only scoring chance for the Blue Jackets came
when Lasse Pirjeta had an open net and shot just wide.
There was a smattering of boos when the Stars killed the
penalties, but the Blue Jackets made the most of their next chance.
On another two-minute five-on-three, Andrew Cassels poked a
setup pass to David Vyborny in the slot, but Turco blocked the
shot. The puck bounced to Nash on the right wing and he jammed it
past a sprawling Turco.
It was Nash's fifth goal in seven games.
"We really didn't compete," Nash said of the Blue Jackets'
fourth loss in a row. "We lost a game that we had right in our
hands at the end."
Columbus LW Geoff Sanderson was a late scratch with a sore
hip. ... Dallas LW Brenden Morrow left in the second period with a
headache and did not return. ... Former Blue Jackets G Ron Tugnutt,
who once received six write-in ballots for president from Columbus
voters, was cheered when he was shown on the video screen. ...
Columbus called up veteran D Anders Eriksson just before the game.
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Arena: Nationwide Arena Location: Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Mike Hasenfratz, Tim Peel Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Tim Nowak
Attendance: 18,136 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Goal scored by Rick Nash assisted by David Vyborny and Andrew Cassels
Jason Arnott (2)
Assists: Bill Guerin, Aaron Downey
Andrej Nedorost (2)
Philippe Boucher (3)
Assists: Bill Guerin, Richard Matvichuk