"There was so much in terms of the power play it is hard to
really critique it," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "Our power
play came up with some big goals. That was the difference in the
game. You have to like that.
Stu Barnes also scored for Dallas, coming off a 4-1 home loss to
Phoenix on Friday night. The Stars are 9-2-0 in their last 11 games
and 8-2-0 in their last 10 road games.
"We've been in scenarios in this building where everything goes
against us," Tippett said. "We left our building on a frustrated
note. We just had to come in and get all of that cleared out. Stuff
is going to happen during a game. You just have to deal with it."
Dallas pulled away with a pair of second-period goals.
Lehtinen opened the scoring on a power play at 5:45, beating
goalie Tomas Vokoun with a wrist shot. Barnes made it 2-0 with 1:47
left with a shot from the left side of the net that slid between
But 13 penalties kept the Predators from getting into any kind
of offensive flow.
"You're not going to have success sitting in the box all night
long," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "You have to learn to
adjust. You have to stay on task, adjust and play smart. We did not
adjust enough and it cost us the game."
Dallas completed the scoring at 6:04 on Miettinen's power-play
Nashville had nine power-play chances.
"It was important for us to have a workman-like attitude,"
Turco said. "And that attitude showed up. The penalty kill was
such a huge part of this game."
The Stars have at least one power-play goal in 14 straight
games, the longest streak in the NHL. ... The Predators have scored
at least one power-play goal in their last seven games.