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Stars 3, Devils 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:16 AM

Associated Press

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Stars 3, Devils 1
New Jersey Devils 1, Dallas Stars 3

DALLAS (AP) -Brenden Morrow is taking his new role as captain seriously.

Morrow had a goal and an assist for his first points of the season to help the Dallas Stars beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in their home opener Saturday night.

Morrow, selected team captain last week, was reluctant to talk about his individual game afterward. The 27-year-old left winger preferred to discuss team goals and accomplishments.

"We are continuing to build character," said Morrow, who signed a six-year, $24.6 million extension last month. "We want to be a gritty team that's tough to play against, and we feel like we did that tonight."

Morrow's goal gave Dallas a 2-0 lead early in the second. He also assisted on Eric Lindros' score that gave the Stars a two-goal cushion with 2:48 remaining in the game.

Lindros, who has endured several concussions during his career, signed a one-year deal with the Stars in the offseason after playing in only 72 games the past two seasons.

"It wasn't the greatest game I ever played, but we'll take the two points," Lindros said.

Niklas Hagman scored a short-handed goal for Dallas in the first to open the scoring.

Center Travis Zajac scored his first-career goal on a power play at 8:33 of the second to pull New Jersey within 2-1 in the rematch of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals.

"It's a relief getting that first one," Zajac said. "But it stings a little bit because it came under not so great circumstances. I'd rather take a win over a goal any day."

Dallas goalie Marty Turco had 19 saves to win his second straight to start the season.

New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, who tied Terry Sawchuk on the all-time wins list Friday night, had 28 saves.

"Any time you can beat Brodeur it's not a bad thing," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said.

Jeff Halpern was whistled for a holding penalty at the 11:07 mark of the first period. But Dallas overcame the penalty 41 seconds later when Stu Barnes hit Hagman, who beat Brodeur in the slot.

The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 in the second. Mike Ribeiro was behind the net where he passed the puck to a wide-open Morrow at 4:44 of the second.

Zajac brought the Devils within a goal, but they could not complete the rally one night after beating defending Stanley Cup champions Carolina 4-0 on Friday night.

New Jersey was 1-of-9 on power plays and was outshot 31-20 - including 25-11 over the first two periods.

"It seemed like we were a second behind every play," New Jersey center Erik Rasmussen said. "We were a second behind in reacting. It just seemed like we were a little flat all game."

Dallas continued to struggle on the power play, going 0-for-5 - including a missed chance when they had a 5-on-3 advantage for 58 seconds late in the first. They have not scored in nine power-play chances this season.

Notes: Dallas will not play at home again until Oct. 20 against Chicago. The Stars open a four-game road trip with consecutive games next week against the Los Angeles Kings. ... New Jersey C John Madden needs one point for 200 in his career. ... The Stars improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight home openers. They are now 10-2-1 in home openers since moving from Minnesota in 1993. ... The Devils will have four days off before their home opener Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. ... Dallas improved to 2-4-0 against New Jersey since the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:48
DAL
SHG - Niklas Hagman (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Philippe Boucher (1), Stu Barnes (2)
1 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
04:44
DAL
Brenden Morrow (1) Snap shot - ASST: Mike Ribeiro (1), Antti Miettinen (1)
2 - 0 DAL
08:33
NJD
PPG - Travis Zajac (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Sergei Brylin (1), Zach Parise (1)
2 - 1 DAL
3rd Period
17:12
DAL
Eric Lindros (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brenden Morrow (1), Jeff Halpern (1)
3 - 1 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:16
DAL
Antti Miettinen  Too many men/ice - bench
06:21
DAL
Jussi Jokinen  Hooking
08:51
NJD
Sergei Brylin  Interference
11:07
DAL
Jeff Halpern  Holding
14:26
NJD
Scott Gomez  Hooking
15:28
NJD
Sergei Brylin  Holding
18:28
DAL
Jaroslav Modry  Holding
2nd Period
02:36
NJD
Mike Rupp  Interference
07:10
NJD
Erik Rasmussen  Fighting (maj)
07:10
DAL
Trevor Daley  Misconduct (10 min)
07:10
DAL
Trevor Daley  Fighting (maj)
07:10
DAL
Trevor Daley  Instigator
10:06
DAL
Matthew Barnaby  Hooking
18:03
DAL
Jere Lehtinen  Interference
3rd Period
01:12
DAL
Eric Lindros  Hooking
10:47
DAL
Marty Turco  Interference
18:55
NJD
Colin White  Abuse of officials - bench
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
SA: 31TOI: 59:48
Saves: 28EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .903SH: 2 - 3
Marty Turco
SA: 20TOI: 59:43
Saves: 19EV: 11 - 11
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .950SH: 2 - 2