The Dallas Stars fell behind early, but scored four unanswered goals to defeat the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, at American Airlines Center Sunday afternoon. Derek Roy had one goal and two assists for the Stars. Erik Cole, Loui Eriksson and Jaromir Jagr also scored goals for Dallas, which has won three of their last five games (3-1-1) and improved to 11-9-2 on the season.
It’s a game of mistakes
After the Blues took an early 1-0 lead by capitalizing on a Dallas turnover, the Stars got goals from Erik Cole and Derek Roy in a 2:21 span late in the first off St. Louis turnovers to take a 2-1 lead.
Lehtonen bounces back
After surrendering five goals Thursday against Edmonton in his first game back from a groin injury, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was solid in goal against the Blues on Sunday. Lehtonen stopped 25 of 26 shots on the night.
Stars stay out of the box
Staying out of the penalty box has been a focus after the Stars were shorthanded nine times in Thursday’s loss to Edmonton. On Sunday, they limited the league’s top ranked power play to just one opportunity on the power play.
The Blues struck 4:20 into the game to take the early lead. After a Jamie Benn turnover in the Stars end, David Perron ended up with the puck at the side of the Dallas net, and tucked it in to put the Blues up 1-0.
On the ensuing faceoff, Stars forward Antoine Roussel and Blues forward Chris Stewart dropped the gloves.
The Stars got the game’s first power play late in the first, but couldn’t do much with it.
The Stars drew even shortly after that power play expired. After the Blues coughed up the puck in their own end, Erik Cole finished off a great set up from Roussel to tie the game at the 15:59 mark.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen came up with a sharp save with 2:27 left in the period, stopping T.J. Oshie and then quickly covering up the rebound to deny the Blues another chance.
The Stars took the lead with 1:40 left in the period when Derek Roy picked off a St. Louis pass in the offensive zone, and beat Blues goaltender Brian Elliot with a shot from the left circle.
There was no scoring in the second period. Each team had one power play chance, and the Stars had 11 shots to 10 for the Blues.
The Blues thought they had the equalizer with 11:03 left in the game, but the goal was waved off because Adam Cracknell put the puck in the net with a distinct kicking motion.
About 90 seconds later the Stars had a 3-1 lead. Jordie Benn sent a cross-ice pass to Loui Eriksson, who scored from the right circle with 9:32 remaining in the game.
Lehtonen came up with a nice stop with 5:14 left, denying a backhand rebound bid by Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka to keep the Stars up by two goals.
The Blues pulled Elliot with more two minutes remaining, but took a penalty and had to put him back in goal as the Stars went on the power play. The Stars cashed in when Roy set up Jaromir Jagr, who scored from close range to make it a 4-1 game with 1:00 left in the third.
Injured: Larsen (shoulder), Whitney (foot), Rome (foot)