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Rick Nash Scores For Third Straight Game; Dallas' Three Third Period Goals Drops Columbus, 5-3
Nash scores in 2005-06 Home Debut

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
(AP) - Philippe Boucher and Stu Barnes each had two goals and the Dallas Stars scored three times within four minutes to start the third period for a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.

Trailing 3-2 heading into the period, the Stars pulled even on Boucher's second of the night and seventh of the season, then Barnes added his seventh and eighth goals to give Dallas a two-goal lead. The Stars scored on three of their first five shots in a span of 3:59.

Mike Modano added a goal and an assist, Jason Arnott had three assists and Brenden Morrow and Sergei Zubov each had two assists. Boucher added an assist.

Rick Nash celebrated his selection to the Canadian Olympic team with his third goal in as many games for Columbus. Mike Rupp and Jaroslav Balastik also had goals for the Blue Jackets, who failed to score on eight power-play opportunities.

Just 53 seconds into the third period, Dallas pulled even on Boucher's one-timer from just inside the blue line. Barnes was unchecked at the goal mouth to score on his own rebound 44 seconds later, then scored again at the 4:52 mark when he was all alone for a tap-in from Morrow.

Johan Hedberg stopped 23 shots for the Stars, weathering seven power plays in the opening period while the Blue Jackets outshot Dallas 12-2.

The stars outshot Columbus 33-14 the final two periods.

The Blue Jackets scored first, nine seconds after their fourth power play of the opening period ended. Hrdina's jam shot was stopped by Hedberg, but he maintained control of the puck. He skated behind the goal line to Hedberg's left, tossing the puck through the crease where Balastik one-timed it in at the 14:19 mark.

The Stars made up for that early in the second period. They peppered Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire with six shots on a power play. A second after the man-advantage ended, Boucher was at the corner of the goal cage to hammer the puck through Leclaire's pads for his sixth of the season.

The teams continued to trade goals, with Nash whiffing on a wraparound, skating to the slot and spinning to unleash a hard wrister. He has scored in each of his three games since missing 17 games with a sprained knee.

Boucher's long slap shot was redirected by Modano for his 11th to tie it again at 2-2 late in the period.

With just 20 seconds left in the period, Trevor Letowski swooped in on a breakaway but was stopped when Hedberg came out to lay down in his path. The puck popped off his pads and Rupp, following the play, tapped it into the open net.

Notes: Dallas' two shots in the opening period tied its fewest of the season and also matched the fewest the Blue Jackets have faced. ... Blue Jackets D Luke Richardson was hit in the face by a slap shot by Jon Klemm in the second period and left the ice leaving a trail of blood. He sustained a fractured jaw and was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery. ... Dallas G Marty Turco and the Blue Jackets D Adam Foote also were selected for Team Canada.

Nash scores in 2005-06 Home Debut
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