The Dallas Stars continued their push for a playoff spot, running their winning streak to four games with a 5-2 win at Nashville Friday night. The Stars scored two goals on their first three shots to take a 2-0 lead and never looked back. Alex Chiasson scored two goals and Erik Cole, Ray Whitney and Tom Wandell also scored for the Stars, who improved to 20-17-3 on the season. Richard Bachman stopped 26 of 28 shots.
Stars make most of opportunities
The Stars made the most of their opportunities in Friday’s game. The Stars had just 11 shots through the first two periods, but scored on four of them. They scored on two of their first three shots of the game to take a 2-0 lead by the 8:40 mark of the first period. The Stars ended up scoring five times on 18 shots.
Chiasson continues to produce
Five games into his NHL career, Alex Chiasson is a goal-a-game guy. Chiasson scored two more goals Friday night, giving him five goals in five games since being called up from the Texas Stars of the AHL following the NHL trade deadline.
Bachman solid again
Stars goaltender Richard Bachman turned in another solid performance, stopping 26 of 28 shots. Bachman, filling in for an injured Kari Lehtonen, has stopped 48 of 50 shots over the last two games.
The Stars came close to taking the lead 5:31 into the game when a Trevor Daley shot hit the post. A little more than 30 seconds later the Stars had the lead when Erik Cole beat Nashville goaltender Chris Mason with a blast from the high slot at the 6:04 mark.
Less than a minute later, the Stars went on the game’s first power play and cashed in to take a 2-0 lead. Alex Goligoski sent a pass from the right point to Ray Whitney, who scored off a one-timer from the left faceoff circle at the 8:40 mark.
The Stars went on their second power play at the 10:55 mark when Nashville’s Nick Spaling took a delay of game penalty for putting the puck over the glass in his own zone. The Stars didn’t score on that chance.
A short time after the power play expired, Stars forward Loui Eriksson had a breakaway but Mason denied the bid with 6:31 left in the period.
Stars goaltender Richard Bachman came up with his first save of the game, stopping a deflection by Daniel Bang just under six minutes left in the period.
Stars forward Antoine Roussel and Predators forward Richard Clune dropped the gloves with 3:55 left in the period.
Nashville went on its first power play of the game with 2:06 left in the period and scored to make it a 2-1 game. Patric Hornqvist used his skate to redirect a David Legwand pass to Taylor Beck, who scored from close range to make it a 2-1 game with 1:18 left in the period.
The Stars made it a 3-1 at the 2:28 mark of the second with a goal off the rush. Goligoski sent a long pass to Roussel, who got the puck to Ryan Garbutt and Garbutt centered it to Tom Wandell, who scored from close range.
Bachman came up with a nice save on Beck about five minutes into the period, stopping Beck off the rush to keep it a 3-1 game.
The Stars extended the lead to 4-1 at the 11:12 mark when Alex Chiasson dumped the puck off to Whitney, drove the net and took a return pass and slipped the puck past Mason for his fourth goal since being called up from the AHL after the trade deadline.
The Stars were 2-2 on the penalty kill in the period.
Chiasson scored his second of the game and fifth in five NHL games, scoring off the rush at 7:03 of the third period to give the Stars a 5-1 lead.
Nashville’s Bobby Butler scored from the left circle off the rush with just under eight minutes remaining to make it a 5-2 game.
The Stars went on a power play for the rest of the game with 3:29 left when Sergei Kostitsyn was given a major penalty for boarding Matt Fraser.
Injured: Lehtonen (groin), MacDermid (chest)
Scratch: Jordie Benn