Dallas 4, Nashville 1

Friday, December 27, 2013 8:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Nashville 16-18-1-3 8-8-1-2 8-10-0-1 L5
Dallas 19-12-2-4 8-4-1-3 11-8-1-1 W2


Stars 4, Predators 1: Erik Cole scored a pair of goals as host Dallas extended its point streak to five games (4-0-1).

Captain Jamie Benn and Ryan Garbutt also tallied while defenseman Alex Goligoski notched two assists for the Stars, who improved to 5-1-2 in their last eight home games. Kari Lehtonen turned aside 33 shots.

Defenseman Kevin Klein netted the lone goal for the Predators, who are winless in their last five contests (0-4-1).

Benn opened the scoring 42 seconds into the game as he carried the puck down the left wing and skated behind the net before tucking it inside the right post. Klein drew Nashville even at 7:14 of the second, converting a pass from Colin Wilson while cutting down the slot, but Cole put Dallas ahead for good 24 seconds later by beating a screened Carter Hutton (30 saves) from high in the right faceoff circle.

Cole completed his first two-goal performance of the season with 5:56 left in the period, taking a feed from Goligoski on the right wing and cutting to the net before backhanding the puck off Hutton's left skate and inside the right post. Garbutt scored on a tip-in at 4:09 of the third to seal the win.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Dallas LW Antoine Roussel failed to convert a penalty shot with 3:25 remaining in the first period after being tripped on a breakaway by Nashville D Victor Bartley. ... Cole has scored three of his eight goals this season against the Predators. ... Benn has scored three goals in his last four contests.

Top Game Performances

Nashville   Dallas
Kevin Klein 1 Points Erik Cole 2
Kevin Klein 1 Goals Erik Cole 2
Ryan Ellis 1 Assists Alex Goligoski 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Carter Hutton .882 Save Percentage Kari Lehtonen .971
Carter Hutton 30 Saves Kari Lehtonen 33

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 34 1 0-3 3-3 12 40
Dallas 34 4 0-3 3-3 12 46

Upcoming Games

  • Dallas will play its next game at home against St. Louis. The Stars have a W/L % of .368 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play its next game at home against Los Angeles. The Predators have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .364 after a loss.
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