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Nashville
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40-34-8
Dallas
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36-35-11

game recap

Stars 4, Predators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Stars 4, Predators 1
Nashville Predators 1, Dallas Stars 4

DALLAS (AP) -Brian Sutherby scored a short-handed goal, Brad Richards had a power-play goal and an assist, and the Dallas Stars ended the Nashville Predators' four-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory Sunday night.

Marty Turco made 25 saves, and Mark Parrish added a goal for the Stars, 11-1-1 in their last 13 at home. Steve Ott's empty-netter with 1:34 left clinched the win for the Stars, coming off a 10-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night.

Former Star Jason Arnott scored for Nashville. The Predators had won five of their previous seven games with Dallas.

Solid Start to Second Half

The Preds have posted a 5-2-0 record in the first seven games after the All-Star Break to climb back into the thick of the Western Conference playoff battle. Included in that stretch was a 3-2-0 road record, with key wins at Vancouver, Edmonton, and Minnesota, the three teams that occupy the seventh through ninth spots in the Conference – coupled with home wins against Phoenix (tied with the Preds) and Anaheim (six points ahead of the Preds with four more games played).

Now Nashville returns home for much of the remainder of February. The Predators play 10 of their next 12 games at home, including a four-game homestand which starts on Tuesday night and a five-game homestand froom February 24 – March 5. Since the start of the 2005-06 season the Predators have been one of the most dominant home teams in the NHL. With a similar string of home dominance, the Preds can easily climb back into the Western Conference's top-eight by the time the NHL's Trade Deadline rolls around on March 4.

--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com

Dallas' Mike Modano got a double-minor for high-sticking 2:19 after the opening faceoff when his stick caught the face of Nashville's Steve Sullivan, drawing blood.

But the Stars' penalty-killing unit produced the game's first goal when Sutherby scored for the third time in his last five games, converting Richards' centering pass on a 2-on-1 break at 5:07.

Parrish made it 2-0 at 15:32 of the first period, sweeping a loose puck into an open net. Nashville goalie Dan Ellis appeared to have control after stopping a shot by James Neal, but the puck skittered through Ellis' pads and Parrish tapped it in.

Nashville held a 13-8 shots edge in the second period, and Arnott scored off a 2-on-1 with J.P. Dumont at 14:04.

Dallas skated 5-on-3 when Richards blasted a 40-footer past a screened Ellis at 1:42 of the third period to make it 3-1.

Notes: Out for the Stars were LW Fabian Brunnstrom (ankle) and RW Landon Wilson (ribs). ... The Predators were without RWs Jordin Tootoo (hand) and Wade Belak (shoulder). ... Dallas D Stephane Robidas was credited with his 100th career assist on Sutherby's goal. ... Sullivan missed the rest of the first period to get medical attention but was back on the ice for the second period. ... Ott has at least a point in a career-high eight games.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:07
DAL
SHG - Brian Sutherby (6) ASST: Brad Richards (32), Stephane Robidas (18)
1 - 0 DAL
15:32
DAL
Mark Parrish (7) ASST: James Neal (10), Nicklas Grossmann (6)
2 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
14:04
NSH
Jason Arnott (20) ASST: J-P Dumont (28), Ryan Jones (7)
2 - 1 DAL
3rd Period
01:42
DAL
PPG - Brad Richards (15) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (36), Jere Lehtinen (13)
3 - 1 DAL
18:26
DAL
EN - Steve Ott (11) ASST: Jere Lehtinen (14), Matt Niskanen (20)
4 - 1 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:19
DAL
Mike Modano  Hi stick - double minor against  Steve Sullivan
2nd Period
00:32
NSH
J-P Dumont  Elbowing against  Trevor Daley
16:37
DAL
Mark Parrish  Interference against  Martin Erat
20:00
NSH
Steve Sullivan  Hi stick - double minor against  Jere Lehtinen
3rd Period
00:07
NSH
Dan Ellis  Delay of game
08:40
DAL
Steve Ott  Hooking against  Ryan Suter
goalie stats
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
11-17-3
SA: 21TOI: 59:43
Saves: 18EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 2PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .857SH: 2 - 3
Marty Turco
Marty Turco
25-17-7
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .962SH: 0 - 0

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