Series (Game 3 of 4)

Dallas leads 4-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 16th
Game 2: Friday, November 26th
Game 3: Saturday, November 27th
Game 4: Sunday, January 2nd

Stars 2

(13-8-1, 27 pts)

Blues 1

(12-7-3, 27 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 27, 2010

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 T
DAL 0 0 22
STL 0 1 01

J. Benn (Stars - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

K. Lehtonen (Stars - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .972

A. McDonald (Blues - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Stars-Blues Preview


A physical matchup between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues has the teams getting ready for the rematch.

The Blues will host the Stars on Saturday night as they try to salvage a split of this home-and-home set.

Dallas (12-8-1) won 3-2 at home Friday, as St. Louis (12-6-3) twice blew leads. The frustrated Blues, who entered the night leading the league in penalty minutes with 18:39 per game, took two five-minute fighting penalties in the second period, and the Stars understood why.

"There was a reason why at the end of the period they came after us. When you know you're going to play the same team the next day, they want to send a message," defenseman Stephane Robidas said.

St. Louis is 14-0-1 at home since its last regulation loss, 3-2 to Nashville on March 21.

The Blues are no doubt eager for revenge after Mike Ribeiro scored the go-ahead goal with 3:29 left off a feed from Jamie Benn. It was Ribeiro's third goal to go with his 16 assists that ties Brad Richards for the team lead.

"He was real good tonight," coach Marc Crawford said. "It was nice to see him get such a feed from a play that he's usually making to a teammate. It was nice to see that one going in."

Ribeiro, who opened the season with a 16-game drought, has three goals in his last five -- including a pair of winners.

"The thing is to keep working and create chances," Ribeiro said. "If I can do that enough, the scoring will be up."

Benn tied it with his first career short-handed goal earlier in the third. He took advantage of a gaffe by defenseman Erik Johnson, who had the puck stolen from him on the power play by Benn, who skated in alone and beat Jaroslav Halak.

"I think (Johnson) was just trying to make too many moves," Benn said. "I poked it away and scored my goal."

That was the start of the downfall for St. Louis, which had a three-game win streak snapped.

Andy McDonald had a pair of goals, including a short-handed tally, and Halak made 19 saves for the Blues.

"We didn't have our best third period," McDonald said. "We didn't generate enough in the third. We were sitting back a little bit. We didn't respond."

The Stars have taken both meetings in 2010-11 with the Blues at home, winning 3-2 in a shootout Oct. 16 as Loui Eriksson had a goal and an assist. St. Louis is 6-2-0 in the last eight meetings at home.

The Blues are a much different team than the one the Stars saw last month. Right wing T.J. Oshie (ankle), left wing David Perron (concussion) and defenseman Roman Polak (wrist) are all out.

Richards scored his team-high 11th goal and Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots for Dallas, 4-1-1 in its last six.

It is unclear whether Lehtonen and Halak will be back in net for the rematch.