DALLAS (AP) -- Brenden Morrow is taking his new role as captain
Morrow had a goal and an assist for his first points of the
season to help the Dallas Stars beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in
their home opener Saturday night.
Morrow, selected team captain last week, was reluctant to talk
about his individual game afterward. The 27-year-old left winger
preferred to discuss team goals and accomplishments.
"We are continuing to build character," said Morrow, who
signed a six-year, $24.6 million extension last month. "We want to
be a gritty team that's tough to play against, and we feel like we
did that tonight."
Morrow's goal gave Dallas a 2-0 lead early in the second. He
also assisted on Eric Lindros' score that gave the Stars a two-goal
cushion with 2:48 remaining in the game.
Lindros, who has endured several concussions during his career,
signed a one-year deal with the Stars in the offseason after
playing in only 72 games the past two seasons.
"It wasn't the greatest game I ever played, but we'll take the
two points," Lindros said.
Niklas Hagman scored a short-handed goal for Dallas in the first
to open the scoring.
Center Travis Zajac scored his first-career goal on a power play
at 8:33 of the second to pull New Jersey within 2-1 in the rematch
of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals.
"It's a relief getting that first one," Zajac said. "But it
stings a little bit because it came under not so great
circumstances. I'd rather take a win over a goal any day."
Dallas goalie Marty Turco had 19 saves to win his second
straight to start the season.
New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, who tied Terry Sawchuk on the
all-time wins list Friday night, had 28 saves.
"Any time you can beat Brodeur it's not a bad thing," Dallas
coach Dave Tippett said.
Jeff Halpern was whistled for a holding penalty at the 11:07
mark of the first period. But Dallas overcame the penalty 41
seconds later when Stu Barnes hit Hagman, who beat Brodeur in the
The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 in the second. Mike Ribeiro
was behind the net where he passed the puck to a wide-open Morrow
at 4:44 of the second.
Zajac brought the Devils within a goal, but they could not
complete the rally one night after beating defending Stanley Cup
champions Carolina 4-0 on Friday night.
New Jersey was 1-of-9 on power plays and was outshot 31-20 --
including 25-11 over the first two periods.
"It seemed like we were a second behind every play," New
Jersey center Erik Rasmussen said. "We were a second behind in
reacting. It just seemed like we were a little flat all game."
Dallas continued to struggle on the power play, going 0-for-5 --
including a missed chance when they had a 5-on-3 advantage for 58
seconds late in the first. They have not scored in nine power-play
chances this season.
Dallas will not play at home again until Oct. 20 against
Chicago. The Stars open a four-game road trip with consecutive
games next week against the Los Angeles Kings. ... New Jersey C
John Madden needs one point for 200 in his career. ... The Stars
improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight home openers. They are now
10-2-1 in home openers since moving from Minnesota in 1993. ... The
Devils will have four days off before their home opener Thursday
against the Toronto Maple Leafs. ... Dallas improved to 2-4-0
against New Jersey since the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals.
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Don Koharski, Dan O'Rourke Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 18,532 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Niklas Hagman (3)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Philippe Boucher, Stu Barnes
Brenden Morrow (1)
Assists: Mike Ribeiro, Antti Miettinen
Travis Zajac (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Sergei Brylin, Zach Parise
Eric Lindros (1)
Assists: Brenden Morrow, Jeff Halpern