NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- No winner emerged in the first of
back-to-back games between the Dallas Stars and Nashville
Rob DiMaio scored the tying goal in the second period, and the
Stars played to a 1-1 draw Saturday night with the Predators. The
teams meet again Sunday in Dallas.
"This was a defensive-style hockey game and we played a solid
game," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said.
The Predators had the best chance to win in overtime when David
Legwand had a one-on-one opportunity against Dallas goalie Marty
Turco, but Turco dived out of the net and poked the puck away from
Legwand with 29 seconds left.
"It is the element of surprise," Turco said. "That's what
helped me knock it from him."
Turco made 25 saves in the first ever tie between the teams.
"I thought Marty was excellent," Dallas coach Dave Tippett
said. "He challenged people. He came up with the big saves. This
is a real positive step for Marty."
Dallas got even at 10:09 of the middle period when Pierre
Turgeon made a pass from just inside the blue line that reached
DiMaio midway in the slot. DiMaio one-timed a shot over goaltender
Tomas Vokoun's left shoulder.
Nashville grabbed the early lead when Kimmo Timonen's shot from
above the left circle bounced off Johnson's stick as he stood near
the left goal post. The puck then caromed off Dallas goaltender
Turco and went back on Johnson's stick.
Johnson then shot the puck behind Turco at 13:41.
Vokoun stopped 27 Dallas shots.
The Predators were fresh off a 5-3 victory over Detroit in a
game that featured nine fights. Against the Stars, the play was
much more controlled and there was just one fight.
"This was a very different game, and I thought we handled it
well," Johnson said. "This game was not as physical. It was more
methodical, rather than the emotional, up-and-down game we had the
Trotz said he was happy his team was able to adapt to different
styles in two games, and he said the Predators might carry some
momentum into Sunday's rematch.
"Maybe there is a little more confidence for us since we had a
few more scoring chances," he said. "If they had beaten us badly
here, it would feel a little different going there."
Johnson has scored three goals in his last two games. ...
Nashville has scored 12 of its 23 goals this season in the second
period. ... This was the second straight overtime game for the
Stars, who beat Calgary 4-3 Wednesday night. ... This was only the
second overtime game between these teams.