|DAL||3||2||1||(0 - 0)||6|
|MTL||0||3||0||(0 - 0)||3|
MONTREAL (AP) - Brenden Morrow, Adam Pardy and Michael Ryder scored first-period goals to send the Dallas Stars to a 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
Krys Barch put Dallas up 4-0 when he beat Carey Price 4:04 into the second. Mike Ribeiro scored the Stars' second power-play goal on Nathan Lawson at 16:24, ending a run of three straight Montreal scores. Matt Fraser scored late in the third.
Morrow, who opened the scoring 3:12 in, left in the third period and did not return.
"I just had a little tweak in my knee and I thought I'd give it a little break before it got any worse," Morrow said. "More a precaution than anything, day to day."
Erik Cole got his first Canadiens goal, Andrei Kostitsyn scored with the man-advantage and former Dallas defenseman Jeff Woywitka beat Raycroft before both teams changed goalies midway through the second.
"It was good to get a spark and get things going," said Cole, who left Carolina for an $18 million, four-year free-agent deal with Montreal. "I'll definitely be looking forward to more games and certainly to opening night here."
In addition to new plexiglass around the Bell Centre ice, enhanced safety measures included curved glass panels at the end of each team's bench and a repositioned stanchion at the other end of the visiting team's bench.
Seen countless times in video replays of Boston captain Zdeno Chara's devastating hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty in March, the padded stanchion has been moved back 18 inches from the top of the boards. It also now supports only one pane of glass perpendicular to the ice boards, with another pane previously in front of the Canadiens backup goalie now removed.
"It went from the probably the hardest, most dangerous glass in the league to the softest, most absorbable boards, and as a player it means a lot," Canadiens left wing Michael Cammalleri said. "I thought they did a great job."
|Brenden Morrow (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Ribeiro (1), Michael Ryder (1)|
1 - 0 DAL
|PPG - Adam Pardy (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Toby Petersen (1)|
2 - 0 DAL
|Michael Ryder (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Maxime Fortunus (1)|
3 - 0 DAL
|Krys Barch (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jake Dowell (1)|
4 - 0 DAL
|Erik Cole (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (1)|
4 - 1 DAL
|PPG - Andrei Kostitsyn (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Yannick Weber (1), Carey Price (1)|
4 - 2 DAL
|Jeff Woywitka (1) Slapshot - ASST: Andreas Engqvist (1)|
4 - 3 DAL
|PPG - Mike Ribeiro (1) Tip-in - ASST: Alex Goligoski (1), Philip Larsen (1)|
5 - 3 DAL
|Matt Fraser (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Travis Morin (1), Francis Wathier (1)|
6 - 3 DAL
|Dany Mass Slashing - 2 min against Mike Ribeiro|
|Adam Pardy Holding - 2 min against Tomas Plekanec|
|Tomas Vincour Hi-sticking - 2 min against Yannick Weber|
|Ian Schultz Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Francis Wathier|
|Francis Wathier Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Ian Schultz|
|Alain Berger Interference on goalkeeper - 2 min against Tyler Beskorowany|
|Alex Goligoski Delaying Game-Puck over glass - 2 min|
|Francis Wathier Boarding - 2 min against Alain Berger|