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Stars pick up 4-1 victory over Blues
DALLAS 4, ST LOUIS 1
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars' team defense and discipline were
enough to stop the St. Louis Blues.
Derek Roy had a goal and two assists and Kari Lehtonen made 25
saves to help the Stars to a 4-1 victory over the Blues on
After a deflating 5-1 loss at home against Edmonton on Thursday,
in which the Stars gave the Oilers nine power plays, Dallas
rebounded with a strong defensive effort and allowed only one
"That was the first thing we said in the pregame meeting, stay
out of the box," Roy said. "They can't score on the power play
if they're not on the power play, so they got one that we did a
good job killing, but we also stayed disciplined."
Loui Eriksson, Jaromir Jagr and Erik Cole also scored for
Dallas, which had been 1-3 in its previous four home games.
For Cole, it was his first goal with Dallas in his second game
with the team since he was acquired in a trade with Montreal
Lehtonen was strong after the Edmonton loss, which was his first
game back after missing five because of a groin strain.
"He didn't have to hang on a tightrope and he shouldn't have
to," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said of Lehtonen. "I thought he
was solid and gave us a shot to win.
"We didn't take any penalties, we just had one, so we were the
Boy Scouts of America today. We did all the little things. It
wasn't a pretty game to watch, but at the end of the day, you do
enough of those in the right way, you're going to get results
and we got it."
David Perron scored for St. Louis and Brian Elliott made 23
saves for the Blues.
The Blues lost for the first time in regulation in their past
five road games (3-1-1) and are still 6-3-1 away from home.
"We had too many average performances. What can you say?" St.
Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Too many average performances
doesn't get it done on the road."
Elliott was making his first start since Feb. 11, a span of
eight games, after a 0-4-1 record with a 4.67 goals-against
average since the beginning of February.
"I thought he rebounded well there," Blues defenseman Kevin
Shattenkirk said of Elliott. "He came back in the second and
third and he was the reason why we had a chance to win. I think
he did a good job coming off a long break there. He hung with
St. Louis appeared to tie the game at 2 at 8:59 of the final
period, but it was waved off. After Lehtonen stopped Wade
Redden's wrist shot from the left point, the rebound bounced off
rookie Adam Cracknell's knee and was then directed into the net
with his left skate.
"The league told us that the league ruled on it and they said
the goal was conclusive that it wasn't a goal from upstairs,"
Hitchcock said of the call.
Eriksson got his seventh goal at 10:28 to give Dallas a two-goal
edge, firing a wrist shot from low in the left faceoff circle
between Elliott's pads after receiving a nice cross-ice pass
from Jordie Benn.
"It was a nice pass from Jordie and it was nice to see that go
in, and definitely to get the win," said Eriksson who has three
goals in the past four games after getting just one in the
previous 11. "That was nice."
The Blues pulled Elliott for an extra attacker with 2:56
remaining, but a hooking penalty on Perron with 2:04 left put
Dallas back on the power play.
Jagr capitalized with his seventh of the season with 59.3
seconds to go, drilling a one-timer from in front after
receiving a nice backhand pass from Roy behind the net.
The Blues jumped on top just 4:20 into the opening period on
Perron's seventh goal of the season.
Seconds after a Jamie Benn giveaway in the Dallas zone, David
Backes fed a cross-slot pass from the right faceoff circle to
Perron, who made a nifty move to his backhand that faked
Lehtonen to the ice as he stepped around him and tucked it
inside the left post.
Before the puck even dropped for the ensuing faceoff, Dallas
rookie Antoine Roussel challenged Chris Stewart to a fight in an
attempt to fire up the Stars.
And while the Blues controlled play for much of the next 10
minutes, Roussel set up the equalizer at 15:59. His slick
backhand pass from the right side of the crease found Cole in
front for a one-timer that beat Elliott inside the left post.
Lehtonen kept the game tied with a nice save on T.J. Oshie's
wrist shot from the left circle with 2:26 left in the first.
Later on the same shift, an Oshie giveaway led to Roy's third of
the year with 1:40 remaining. Roy picked off Oshie's pass inside
the St. Louis blue line, worked his way to the left circle and
fired a wrist shot that burrowed its way through Elliott's right
arm and dropped in for a 2-1 Dallas lead.
"I think Roussel's fight gave us a lift," Roy said. "They have
big bodies and were working us down low, but Rous's fight gave
us a boost and after that, we got that goal by Cole and we took
off after that."
The Blues nearly tied it 2:42 into the second while on the power
play, as Perron fired a wrist shot from the high slot that
Lehtonen got enough of to deflect it just wide of the left post.
Elliott made a nice stop on Cole's point-blank wrist shot at
7:55 with Dallas on the power play.
Lehtonen then came up big with a nice pad stop at 12:55, denying
Cracknell's deflection in front.
NOTES: Stars rookie D Brenden Dillon was a physical force,
delivering a game-high 11 hits while logging 25:03 of ice time,
much of it against the Blues' top line. ... Blues RW Adam
Cracknell left the game with 7:12 remaining in the third period
after crashing face-first into the boards during a collision
with Stars D Jamie Oleksiak. He did not return. ... The Stars
honored Blues LW Jamie Langenbrunner, who played in Dallas from
1995-2002 and 2009-10, as part of the club's all-time team.
Langenbrunner, who is out for the season with a hip injury,
helped Dallas win the 1999 Stanley Cup.
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