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Stars 2, Blue Jackets 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Stars 2, Blue Jackets 1
Dallas Stars 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Dallas Stars are the best in the NHL at winning one-goal games.

This time they had a little help.

Brad Richards scored twice and the Stars benefited from a controversial call to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Saturday night.

With the score tied 1-1 with 5 minutes left in the second period, Columbus' Derek Dorsett beat Loui Eriksson to a loose puck and drilled a shot into an almost empty net. But the goal was immediately disallowed by referee Chris Rooney, who waved it off because of goaltender interference involving the Blue Jackets' Ethan Moreau.

NHL Rule 69.3 permits a goal to be erased even if a penalty is not called - and Moreau wasn't sent to the box.

"They said it was goaltender contact - they said - in the crease," Columbus coach Scott Arniel said. "We looked at it and we feel Ethan was outside the blue paint. The goalie came out to challenge and ran into him and proceeded to throw his arms in the air. Ethan's feet were planted. There's not much you can do; you're not going to change a referee's mind."

Subsequent replays appeared to show minor, incidental contact between Moreau and goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Needless to say, Stars coach Marc Crawford agreed with the call that helped his team improve to 13-2-3 in one-goal games.

"I thought it was probably a penalty, more than just a guy in the crease," he said. "They have to make that call in a split-second. And that's the way it went."

Dorsett, of course, saw it differently.

"It was obviously a goal after seeing the replay," he said. "That is a key point in the game. (Moreau) and (captain Rick) Nash talked to the referee and they said Moreau touched or bumped into the goalie. You can clearly see on the replay that he didn't."

A crowd of 13,973 booed the officials the rest of the night.

Richards netted the winner at 6:17 of the third period on a hard, low wrist shot from the top of the left circle that eluded goalie Mathieu Garon while the teams were each a man down.

He was flying down the left wing on a 2-on-1 break with Eriksson at the time.

"I had some good speed," Richards said. "I think he (Garon) was cheating a little bit to Loui. I think he thought I was going to pass. I saw that and just because I had speed I shot it."

Fedor Tyutin scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four in a row and 10 of 12.

The Stars have earned points in 11 of 13 games (9-2-2).

Richards hadn't played well on the road, totaling just 12 of his team-leading 35 points away from home. But he made up for it by burying two low, hard shots.

The game was marked by a lot of chippy play.

After the Blue Jackets registered the first nine shots, the Stars, 15-2 when scoring first, broke through just after the first penalty ended in a 5-on-3 power play. Richards stepped into a wrister from the high slot, scoring his 13th goal at 13:13.

Later in the period, Moreau's low drive from the left point was blocked by Lehtonen. The puck wafted high over his head and landed behind him in the crease. Tyutin, crashing the net, jammed it in for his first of the season.

Lehtonen, who stopped 35 shots, made several big stops. He denied Mike Commodore with a toe save early in the second period. With just under 2 minutes left, Jake Voracek batted at a high puck that Lehtonen deflected.

The Stars' goalie credited special teams for stopping the Blue Jackets on five power plays.

"I was really comfortable with our penalty kill," he said. "It's been working well lately. When the other team gets the power play, you're not worried. You feel like your guys can help you."

NOTES: Stephane Robidas had an assist on Richards' first goal to extend his assist streak to three games. ... Columbus outshot Dallas 36-23. ... Dallas has killed off 42 of the last 47 power plays. ... Espen Knutsen, the Blue Jackets' first All-Star game participant in 2002, dropped the ceremonial first puck as part of the club's 10-year anniversary celebration.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:13
DAL
PPG - Brad Richards (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Ribeiro (21), Stephane Robidas (13)
1 - 0 DAL
19:11
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Ethan Moreau (4), Anton Stralman (9)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
06:17
DAL
Brad Richards (14) Snap shot - ASST: Loui Eriksson (18)
2 - 1 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
09:50
CBJ
Tom Sestito  Fighting (maj) against  Krys Barch
09:50
DAL
Krys Barch  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Sestito
11:09
CBJ
Jakub Voracek  Roughing against  Brenden Morrow
12:15
CBJ
Marc Methot  Cross checking against  Mike Ribeiro
12:43
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mathieu Garon
12:43
CBJ
Mathieu Garon  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Brenden Morrow
14:29
CBJ
Jakub Voracek  Cross checking against  Stephane Robidas
2nd Period
00:36
CBJ
Marc Methot  Hi-sticking against  James Neal
02:17
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Hooking against  Mike Commodore
06:20
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Hooking against  Marc Methot
10:06
CBJ
Tom Sestito  Roughing against  Steve Ott
10:06
DAL
Steve Ott  Roughing against  Tom Sestito
10:06
CBJ
Tom Sestito  Misconduct (10 min) against  Steve Ott
10:06
DAL
Steve Ott  Misconduct (10 min) against  Tom Sestito
10:06
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Krys Barch
10:06
DAL
Krys Barch  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
10:14
DAL
Jamie Benn  Roughing against  Rick Nash
11:54
DAL
Mike Ribeiro  Elbowing against  Derick Brassard
3rd Period
03:02
CBJ
Derick Brassard  Too many men/ice - bench
05:09
DAL
Jamie Benn  Slashing against  Derek Dorsett
05:09
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Roughing against  Jamie Benn
06:51
DAL
Trevor Daley  Hi-sticking against  Jakub Voracek
10:21
DAL
James Neal  Roughing against  Tom Sestito
10:21
CBJ
Tom Sestito  Roughing against  James Neal
10:21
CBJ
Jared Boll  Misconduct (10 min)
19:39
CBJ
Antoine Vermette  Slashing against  Karlis Skrastins
goalie stats
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 36TOI: 59:58
Saves: 35EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .972SH: 1 - 1
Mathieu Garon
SA: 23TOI: 59:22
Saves: 21EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 2PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1