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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.