The Stars stayed unbeaten in regulation by demolishing the struggling Predators 6-0 on Wednesday night. Brenden Morrow scored twice in
"We really wanted to establish a presence at home," Stars coach Marc Crawford said. "We wanted to have a big outing at home, and we did."
The Stars made sure this one would never be close. Brad Richards added a goal and two assists, and Loui Eriksson had a goal and an assist during the first-period outburst to help the Stars win at home for the first time this season.
"I'm really pleased with the way we started," Crawford said.
Eriksson completed a two-goal night on a second-period power play, and Toby Peterson added a third-period goal.
It was the third loss in a row for the Predators (2-3-0), who came out flat after Monday's 6-1 home loss to
"It's happened two games in a row -- we put ourselves in a deep hole,"
The Predators have scored just seven goals in their five games, including one in the three consecutive losses.
"We've scored seven goals in five games now," coach Barry Trotz said. "That's not going to win you too many games. We've got to crash and bang, play stronger defense and play with urgency and a lot of focus."
Morrow beat Ellis on a one-timer from the left circle at 3:17, and Richards converted Eriksson's centering pass 40 seconds later. Eriksson's deflection at 6:31 ended Ellis' night as coach Barry Trotz brought in Pekka Rinne.
The change didn't help, as Morrow got his second of the night on the power play at 8:48 to make it 4-0. Eriksson's 5-on-3 power-play goal 1:27 into the second period gave
Turco got a break when Ryan Suter hit the right post with 11:22 left, and he made four quick saves off a scramble with just over eight minutes to play to preserve his 37th career shutout.
"He made some key saves at key times," defenseman Stephane Robidas said. "He was Marty Turco tonight."
--John Kreiser, NHL.com
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report
|Brenden Morrow (3) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (4), Jamie Benn (3)|
1 - 0 DAL
|Brad Richards (3) ASST: Loui Eriksson (2), James Neal (2)|
2 - 0 DAL
|Loui Eriksson (2) ASST: James Neal (3), Brad Richards (5)|
3 - 0 DAL
|PPG - Brenden Morrow (4) ASST: Brad Richards (6), Jamie Benn (4)|
4 - 0 DAL
|PPG - Loui Eriksson (3) ASST: James Neal (4), Mike Ribeiro (5)|
5 - 0 DAL
|Toby Petersen (1) ASST: Karlis Skrastins (1), Jere Lehtinen (1)|
6 - 0 DAL
|Power Play %||16.2%||19.0%|
|% on Road||17.2%||23.3%|
|% at Home||15.2%||15.5%|
|Dan Hamhuis Tripping against Fabian Brunnstrom|
|Martin Erat Interference against Tom Wandell|
|Kevin Klein Hi-sticking against Jamie Benn|
|David Legwand Elbowing against Fabian Brunnstrom|
|Nicklas Grossmann Hooking against Joel Ward|
|Brian Sutherby Cross checking against Ryan Suter|
|Stephane Robidas Interference against Joel Ward|
|Mike Ribeiro Holding against Ryan Jones|