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game recap

Stars hold to beat Blues 3-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

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Stars hold to beat Blues 3-2
St. Louis Blues 2, Dallas Stars 3
Three Stars of the Game
Kari Lehtonen
1st
SA: 38TOI: 59:55
GA: 2EV: 27-29
PIM: 0PP: 7-7
SV%: .947SH: 2-2
Loui Eriksson
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 20:26
Matt D'Agostini
3rd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 14:14
DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars are giving Kari Lehtonen plenty of work in the early stages of the season. So far, he's been up to the task.

Lehtonen stopped 36 shots on Thursday night as the Stars edged St. Louis 3-2 for their fifth consecutive victory over the Blues.

"We can't ask for anything more than he's given us," Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said of Lehtonen, who is 3-0-0 and has allowed just four goals on 117 shots so far this season. "He's won singlehandedly two games for us here for sure."

Loui Eriksson, Adam Burish and Brenden Morrow scored for Dallas, which took a 3-0 lead and held on for its third win in four games.

"Special teams was the difference. We got one shortie and one power play and that kind of helped us out and goaltending for sure," Gulutzan said.

Eriksson's shorthanded goal at 18:50 of the first period put the Stars ahead to stay. The All-Star forward beat goaltender Jaroslav Halak through the five-hole with a backhander for his second goal of the season. It came just 37 seconds after the Blues had gone on the power play for the first time in the game following a holding penalty on Dallas defenseman Nicklas Grossman.

"I've done that a couple of times and today it worked again," Eriksson said of his backhanded shot to beat Halak. "So it was nice to see it go."

Burish made it 2-0 at 7:06 of the second and Morrow gave the Stars what appeared to be a safe three-goal lead at 14:21 with a power-play deflection.

But the Blues cut it to 3-1 just 20 seconds after Morrow's goal when Matt D'Agostini knocked in a rebound for his first goal of the season. Lehtonen stopped two shots by D'Agostini but couldn't get the third one.

Chris Stewart made it a one-goal game at 3:58 of the third when he beat Lehtonen with a perfectly placed 55-foot slap shot that found the right side of the net through a screen.

The Blues outshot Dallas 13-6 in the third period and had two power plays after Stewart's goal -- including one when Eriksson was called for tripping with 1:04 left -- but were unable to capitalize.

St. Louis finished the evening 0-for-5 on the power play.

"It's going to continue to be a work in progress," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "I thought it got better. Now we have to take that next step where the execution leads to a chance to be buried.

Another key number from this win was Dallas finishing the night with 20 blocked shots compared with eight by the Blues.

"If we're going to turn it over and play in our zone, we're going to have to block them," Gulutzan said. "So I think there's a lot of guilt on the part of our guys there blocking shots. The guys on the PK, once again you have to give them credit. They're blocking shots and that's what it takes to win."

The Stars improved to 3-0-0 at home this season and end a three-game homestand on Saturday night against Columbus. St. Louis continues its four-game road trip Saturday night in San Jose.

Even though his club currently sits at 3-1-0, Eriksson knows he and his teammates still have plenty of work to do.

"Yeah, I thought we played real well the first 30 minutes today. The other 30 minutes, we didn't play that well," he said. "We need to do a much better job as a group but it's still good to get the two points."
scoring summary
1st Period
18:50
DAL
SHG - Loui Eriksson (2) ASST: Steve Ott (2)
1 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
07:06
DAL
Adam Burish (1) ASST: Trevor Daley (2)
2 - 0 DAL
14:21
DAL
PPG - Brenden Morrow (1) ASST: Stephane Robidas (1), Mike Ribeiro (2)
3 - 0 DAL
14:41
STL
Matt D'Agostini (1) ASST: Alexander Steen (2), Kent Huskins (1)
3 - 1 DAL
3rd Period
03:58
STL
Chris Stewart (2) ASST: Kevin Shattenkirk (1), Patrik Berglund (2)
3 - 2 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
18:13
DAL
Nicklas Grossmann  Holding against  Chris Stewart
2nd Period
02:30
DAL
Adam Burish  Hi-sticking against  Vladimir Sobotka
03:36
DAL
Sheldon Souray  Hi-sticking against  Chris Stewart
03:36
STL
Chris Stewart  Roughing against  Sheldon Souray
03:36
STL
Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  Sheldon Souray
03:36
DAL
Sheldon Souray  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
03:42
STL
Jason Arnott  Holding against  Steve Ott
08:25
STL
T.J. Oshie  Interference against  Brenden Morrow
13:10
STL
Patrik Berglund  Hooking against  Steve Ott
20:00
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Mark Fistric
20:00
DAL
Mark Fistric  Roughing against  David Backes
20:00
DAL
Adam Burish  Roughing against  David Backes
3rd Period
07:54
DAL
Sheldon Souray  Roughing against  Alexander Steen
10:05
STL
Roman Polak  Delay of game
16:44
STL
Alexander Steen  Holding against  Jamie Benn
18:56
DAL
Loui Eriksson  Tripping against  Kevin Shattenkirk
19:51
STL
Andy McDonald  Holding against  Radek Dvorak
19:51
STL
Chris Stewart  Misconduct (10 min) against  Loui Eriksson
19:51
DAL
Steve Ott  Misconduct (10 min) against  Chris Stewart
goalie stats
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 24TOI: 59:03
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 1
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 38TOI: 59:55
Saves: 36EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .947SH: 2 - 2