The Dallas Stars finally won on the second night of a back-to-back, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in overtime Tuesday night. Loui Eriksson scored the game-winner at 3:03 of the extra period. Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy, Antoine Roussel and Cody Eakin also scored for the Stars, who improved to 10-8-2 on the season. Richard Bachman got the start in goal and stopped 16 of 20 shots.
Stars deal Ryder for Cole
The Stars made big news prior to the game, dealing right wing Michael Ryder and a third round draft pick in 2013 to Montreal for left wing Erik Cole.
Stars win in second game of back-to-back
The Stars won in the second game of a back-to- back for the first time this season (1-4-0) and for just the second time over the last two seasons (2-15-2).
Goal scoring run continues
The Stars scored three goals or more for the 11th straight game by tallying five times Tuesday night. The Stars have scored 39 goals over those 11 games for an average of 3.55 per game. The Stars continue to surrender goals as well. They’ve given up 34 goals over those 11 games for an average of 3.09 per game.
The Stars dominated the first period, outshooting the Blue Jackets 14-5 and getting several good chances. But it wasn’t until there were five minutes left in the period that they finally broke through and got a puck past Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Cody Eakin’s centering pass off the rush deflected off the skate of Brenden Morrow and into the net at the 15:00 mark.
The Blue Jackets drew even early in the second. Right off an offensive zone faceoff win, Columbus defenseman Nikita Nikitin scored off a shot from the point at the 1:21 mark.
The Stars regained the lead a little more than four minutes later when Derek Roy grabbed a rebound off a Columbus defender and scored from close range.
Columbus answered 51 seconds later when Derek Dorsett scored off a scramble in front of the net to tie the game at 2-2.
The Stars were back on top a little more than two minutes later when Antoine Roussel deflected a Brenden Dillon point shot past Bobrovsky to give the Stars a 3-2 lead at the 8:51 mark of the second.
The Blue Jackets had a great chance early in the third, but Stars goalie Richard Bachman stopped Ryan Johansen as he broke in alone on net.
The Stars then killed off Columbus’ first power play of the game, and a short time later the Blue Jackets drew even when Cam Atkinson scored off a rebound at the 6:16 mark.
Bachman came up with another big save, stopping Nick Foligno with just over seven minutes left, and a short time later Cody Eakin beat Bobrovsky with shot from distance with 6:24 left to put the Stars up 4-3.
But the Blue Jackets tied the game late when R.J. Umberger scored from the slot with 1:34 remaining in regulation.
The Stars won it at 3:03 of overtime when Roy put a shot night from the right wing, and Loui Eriksson fought off a hook from a Columbus defender and put the rebound in the net.
Injured: Lehtonen (groin), Larsen (head), Rome (foot), Whitney (foot)
Scratch: Wandell (conditioning assignment)