COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Before Dallas put together a decisive
three-goal flurry to start the third period, the Stars had to
survive a first period dominated by Columbus.
Philippe Boucher and Stu Barnes each had two goals and Dallas
killed seven penalties in the first 20 minutes to beat the Blue
Jackets 5-3 on Wednesday night.
"The penalty-kill unit did a great job, and the guys who aren't
doing penalty kill did a great job because they're sitting there
for about 13 minutes and not getting out there," Barnes said.
"When we did get back to 5-on-5, we did play well. That's huge, to
have effort like that all the way through."
Johan Hedberg stopped 23 shots for the Stars. The Blue Jackets
outshot Dallas 12-2 in the first.
"It was a weird first period," he said. "You kill it off, you
feel good about it and you think it's going to give you some
momentum. Then you have to kill off another one."
Trailing 3-2 heading into the period, the Stars pulled even on
Boucher's second of the night and seventh of the season, then
Barnes added his seventh and eighth goals to give Dallas a two-goal
lead. The Stars scored on three of their first five shots in a span
"We talked about the importance of this game," Dallas coach
Dave Tippett said of the final night of a six-game road trip. "Our
trip would have ended 3-3 or 4-2. These are points that we
desperately needed and I think our guys recognized that in the
Rick Nash celebrated his selection to the Canadian Olympic team
with his third goal in as many games for Columbus. Mike Rupp and
Jaroslav Balastik also had goals for the Blue Jackets, who failed
to score on eight power-play opportunities.
Just 53 seconds into the third period, Dallas pulled even on
Boucher's one-timer from just inside the blue line. Barnes was
unchecked at the goal mouth to score on his own rebound 44 seconds
later, then scored again at the 4:52 mark when he was all alone for
a tap-in from Morrow.
The Stars outshot Columbus 33-14 after the opening period,
including 16-6 in the last period.
"We didn't show up in the third period," Nash said.
Nine seconds after their fourth power play of the opening period
ended, the Blue Jackets took a 1-0 lead on Balastik's one-timer
from Jan Hrdina.
"The penalty kill was huge and Johan was huge for us," said
Boucher, who had missed the last six games with a broken finger.
"We didn't help him out too much. That obviously wasn't the way we
wanted to start. But we've been able to hang in on those games,
especially on the road, and then come out on top most of the
After Boucher evened the score at 1-1 the teams continued to
trade goals, with Nash whiffing on a wraparound, skating to the
slot and spinning to unleash a hard wrister. He has scored in each
of his three games since missing 17 games with a sprained knee.
Boucher's long slap shot was redirected by Modano for his 11th
to tie it again at 2-2 late in the period.
With just 20 seconds left in the period, Trevor Letowski swooped
in on a breakaway but was stopped when Hedberg came out to lay down
in his path. The puck popped off his pads and Rupp, following the
play, tapped it into the open net.
Dallas' two shots in the opening period tied its fewest of
the season and also matched the fewest the Blue Jackets have faced.
... Blue Jackets D Luke Richardson was hit in the face by a slap
shot by Jon Klemm and sustained a fractured jaw. He was taken to a
nearby hospital for surgery. ... Dallas Marty Turco and the Blue
Jackets D Adam Foote also were selected for Team Canada.
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Arena: Nationwide Arena Location: Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Marc Joannette, Chris Lee Linesmen: Mark Pare, Anthony Sericolo
Attendance: 16,859 (93.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jaroslav Balastik (3)
Assists: Jan Hrdina, Geoff Platt
Philippe Boucher (6)
Assists: Jason Arnott, Brenden Morrow
Rick Nash (3)
Assist: Duvie Westcott
Mike Modano (11)
(Power Play) Assists: Philippe Boucher, Sergei Zubov
Mike Rupp (2)
Assist: Trevor Letowski
Philippe Boucher (7)
Assists: Mike Modano, Sergei Zubov
Stu Barnes (7)
Assists: Antti Miettinen, Jason Arnott
Stu Barnes (8)
Assists: Brenden Morrow, Jason Arnott