Series (Game 1 of 4)

Dallas leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, November 10th
Game 2: Saturday, November 26th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 1st
Game 4: Monday, February 6th

Stars 3

(9-6-1, 19 pts)

Predators 5

(10-2-3, 23 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 10, 2005

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 T
DAL 1 2 03
NSH 1 1 35

S. Sullivan (Predators - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

M. Zidlicky (Predators - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

P. Kariya (Predators - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Sullivan's hat trick helps Predators past Stars

NASHVILLE,Tenn. (AP) -- Steve Sullivan scored three goals, two on the power play, and had a chance at a fourth with a penalty shot in the Nashville Predators' 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Sullivan scored twice in the third period to earn the hat trick. He failed on a penalty shot in the second period.

Dallas took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal. Martin Skoula fired the puck toward the net, and Brendan Morrow, anchored on the right side, took the pass and put it by Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun at 6:01 of the first period.

Nashville answered with a power-play goal at 18:46 when Martin Erat scored in traffic in front of the net.

In the second period, Dallas took a 2-1 lead on Nathan Perrott's first of the season. Steve Ott took a wrist shot that bounced off Vokoun, who went sprawling on the ice. Perrott, also on his back, hit the puck with his stick and put it over Vokoun's back and into the net at 3:41.

The Predators tied it again at 6:15 with a power-play goal that Sullivan shot from the inside the left circle off the crossbar to the right side of the net.

Sullivan missed a chance to give the Predators the lead at 10:42 when his penalty-shot try went high and wide over the net.

The Stars struck on the power play to make it 3-2 when Philippe Boucher scored in traffic in front of the net at 15:53.

Marek Zidlicky tied it for the Predators 15 seconds into the third period.

Sullivan made it 4-3 broke the tie at 10:11 on the power play with a wrist shot from the left side of the net. He finished his hat trick at 17:10 to close the scoring.

Game notes

Perrott, making his debut with the Stars, is a former Nashville Predators player. ... The Predators are 6-0-1 when allowing the first goal. ... The Stars have at least one power-play goal in their last seven games and have scored at least three goals in each of their last eight.

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