The Dallas Stars opened their four-game homestand with a 4-0 loss to the Nashville Predators Tuesday evening. It was the second straight loss for the Stars, who fell to 12-11-2 on the season. Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped 32 shots for his fifth shutout of the season. The Predators improved to 11-9-6.
Stars fall to .500 at home
Tuesdays’ loss dropped the Stars to a .500 points percentage at home on the season (5-5-1). The Stars have lost four of their last six (2-4-0) at American Airlines Center. Nashville, meanwhile, snapped a six-game road winless streak with their victory.
Predators win special teams battle
Nashville took the special teams battle Tuesday, scoring two times on four power play chances and once on a penalty shot. The Stars went 0-4 on the power play.
After the two teams traded unsuccessful power play chances, the Predators scored the game’s first goals with 7:44 left in the first period.
Matt Halischuk stole the puck from Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak in the neutral zone and set up Nick Spaling, who scored from the left circle on an odd-man rush.
The Predators went on their third power play of the game early in the second period and cashed in to take a 2-0 lead. After a Craig Smith shot from the slot was blocked, Shea Weber backhanded the rebound into the net from the right circle at the 2:16 mark.
A short time late the Stars had a great chance, but Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made a great save on Ray Whitney’s one-timer from the left circle.
Rinne came up with another nice save with just 15 minutes left in the second, stopping Loui Eriksson’s bid from the right circle off the rush.
The Stars went on their second power play of the game, didn’t cash in and just after it expired Nashville’s Richard Clune came out of the penalty box and was pulled down by Jordie Benn as he drove the net. Clune was awarded a penalty shot and scored on it to give Nashville a 3-0 lead with 10:51 left in the second period.
The Stars had a chance to get on the board late in the period, but Trevor Daley’s bid at a wide open net hit the skate of Erik Cole and stayed out.
The Stars had a couple of power play chances in the third, but couldn’t take advantage and couldn’t cut into the Nashville lead.
Things got chippy late in the game with a series of fights. Eric Nystrom dropped the gloves with Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis. Then on the same shift, Stephane Robidas fought Mike Fisher and Antoine Roussel took on Shea Weber.
Nashville made it a 4-0 game with a power play goal with 5:02 remaining. Gabriel Bourque scored off the rebound of a David Legwand shot.
Injured: Jamie Benn (wrist), Morrow (groin)