Nashville 3, Dallas 2

Sunday, February 19, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Nashville 34-19-3-3 18-7-2-2 16-12-1-1 W1
Dallas 29-26-1-3 16-12-0-2 13-14-1-1 L2


PREDATORS 3, STARS 2: Captain Shea Weber scored a power-play goal with less than a second remaining in the first period and Colin Wilson tallied in the second as Nashville held on to edge Dallas and halt a four-game road losing streak.

Rookie Gabriel Bourque also scored and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves for the Predators, who won for just the sixth time in their last 24 visits to Dallas.

The Stars opened the scoring less than seven minutes into the game on Michael Ryder's 23rd goal of the season. Mike Ribeiro came out from behind the net and dished the puck to Ryder, who beat Rinne from the slot to extend his points streak to six games.

The Predators took over from there as Bourque deflected David Legwand's shot from the left faceoff circle past Kari Lehtonen with 4:21 remaining in the first period and Weber buried a rebound less than a second before the session ended, giving Nashville a 2-1 edge.

Matt Halischuk had his goal midway through the second waved off as video review showed he knocked the puck into the net with his glove. But the Predators extended their lead with less than four minutes to play when Wilson beat Lehtonen with a backhander from the left hash marks for his 12th tally.

Defenseman Alex Goligoski scored late in the third and Lehtonen stopped 18 shots for the Stars, who have lost seven of their last 10 games.

Dallas, which was without All-Star Jamie Benn for the second straight night due to a cut behind his knee, has scored two goals or less in eight of its last 10 contests.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Ryder's goal was his fourth during his points streak. He is seven away from matching his career high of 30 goals set in 2005-06 and matched the following season, both while with Montreal. ... Bourque has scored two of his three career goals against Dallas. He netted Nashville's lone tally in a 4-1 loss to the Stars on Jan. 5. ... Hal Gill made his debut with the Predators, registering one shot on goal and a plus-2 rating in just under 16 1/2 minutes of ice time.

Top Game Performances

Nashville   Dallas
Gabriel Bourque 1 Points Alex Goligoski 1
Gabriel Bourque 1 Goals Alex Goligoski 1
Matt Halischuk 1 Assists Loui Eriksson 1
Shea Weber 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Pekka Rinne .917 Save Percentage Kari Lehtonen .857
Pekka Rinne 22 Saves Kari Lehtonen 18

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 21 3 1-2 1-1 2 27
Dallas 24 2 0-1 1-2 4 25

Upcoming Games

  • Dallas will play its next game on the road against Montreal. The Stars have a W/L % of .467 after a win and .517 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play its next game at home against Vancouver. The Predators have a W/L % of .559 after a win and .600 after a loss.
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