The banged up Dallas Stars made a game of it Saturday night against St. Louis, but fell 4-3 to the Blues at American Airlines Center.
The Stars, who were some key players, dropped to 2-2-1 on the season. St. Louis, which got two goals and an assist from David Perron, improved to 4-1-0 on the season.
Tomas Vincour, Michael Ryder and Ryan Garbutt scored for the Stars. Cristopher Nilstorp started in goal and stopped 25 of 29 shots, but left late in the third period due to injury. Kari Lehtonen stopped two of shots.
Blues take control in second
Despite being outshot by a wide margin, the Stars held a 2-1 lead midway through the game, but the Stars took control of the game on the scoreboard with three goals in an 8:53 of the second period. Goals by David Perron, Chris Stewart and Perron again turned a 1-2 deficit into a 4-2 lead for the Blues.
Depleted lineup for the Stars
The Stars were without Jaromir Jagr (back), Derek Roy (groin) and Jamie Benn was still not available due to immigration issues. Colton Sceviour and Tomas Vincour, who both were with the Texas Stars earlier in the week, made their first NHL appearances this season. Vincour scored one of the Dallas goals. Sceviour picked up an assist, his first NHL point.
Nilstorp leaves game in third
Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp left the game with 7:41 left in the game and was replaced by Kari Lehtonen. Nilstorp seemed to hurt himself a few minutes earlier and then left the game during a timeout. He stopped 25 of 29 shots in the game.
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The Stars were 1-4 on the power play in the game. The penalty kill was 3-3 against the St. Louis power play, which came into the game 7-13 on the man-advantage.
The Blues struck first when Wade Redden’s blast from the right point beat a screened Cristopher Nilstorp at the 5:31 mark.
The Stars answered 26 seconds later when Vernon Fiddler set up Tomas Vincour, who knocked home the rebound of his own shot to tie the game at 5:57.
The Stars went on the game’s first power play later in the first, and cashed in to take a 2-1 lead when Michael Ryder scored from the left circle at the 12:40 mark.
The Dallas penalty kill came up big late in the period, stopping St. Louis on two power play chances to preserve the 2-1 lead.
The Blues controlled play for the first half of the second period, and got the equalizer at the 10:51 mark when David Perron circle out from behind the Dallas net and scored on a wrist shot from the left circle.
The Blues took a 3-2 lead with 3:28 left in the second on a goal by Chris Stewart. Patrik Berglund won a puck battle along the left wall and then sent a cross-ice pass to a charging Stewart, who pushed the puck past Nilstorp.
St. Louis made it 4-2 with 16 seconds left in the period. Vladimir Tarasenko picked off a Trevor Daley pass and sent It to Perron, who scored from the slot.
The Stars climbed back into the game 2:24 into the third when Brenden Morrow backhanded a puck out of the corner to Ryan Garbutt, who beat Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak with a shot from the slot.
The Stars put Kari Lehtonen in net with 7:41 remaining when Nilstorp left with an undisclosed injury.
The Stars had several chances late in the game, including a Ray Whitney shot that hit the post with 1:06 remaining. The Stars had a power play chance with 14.3 seconds left, but couldn’t cash in.
Injured: Jagr (back), Roy (groin)