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Comeau, Janmark help Stars defeat Predators

Score 43 seconds apart late in third period to help Dallas win fourth in row

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

Stars strike twice in 43 seconds

DAL@NSH: Comeau, Janmark lead Stars' 3rd period rally

Blake Comeau tucks home a goal to put the Stars ahead, then Mattias Janmark scores 43 seconds later to open up a two-goal lead in the 3rd

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NASHVILLE -- The Dallas Stars extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-1 victory against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Blake Comeau and Mattias Janmark scored 43 seconds apart in the third period for the Stars (27-21-4), who pulled within eight points of the Predators for second place in the Central Division. Anton Khudobin made 38 saves.

"It's a really big win," Comeau said. "I felt like we came out a little bit flat, but as the game went along we started to get better and better. And I thought in the third we really ramped it up. That's something we've addressed as of late was making sure that we come out and have good, strong thirds. 

 

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"Our first 10 minutes were really good. We were creating a lot of chances and a lot of shots, and [Khudobin] played outstanding for us tonight to keep us in it, and we got some timely goals."

Calle Jarnkrok scored for Nashville (31-19-4), which had its three-game winning streak end. Pekka Rinne made 23 saves.

"I thought we played a pretty good first two periods," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "I didn't like the way we started the third period. I thought that they came out, probably in the first five or six minutes, and just stayed in our end and outworked us a little bit, got some opportunities, some chances. I thought we corrected it for about 10 minutes after that. The game was going back and forth. We got caught on a defensive breakdown for the second goal."

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Comeau gave the Stars a 2-1 lead at 15:47 on a rebound from the slot. Janmark threw the puck toward the net, and Comeau scored his sixth goal.

"I dumped it in and [Radek Faksa] did a great job of winning the race to the puck," Comeau said. "He came around the net and gave it to [Janmark], and I just tried to go to the net. I actually thought [Janmark] was going to shoot and he made a great pass. I'm not sure if it went off of my skate or my stick, but I saw it pop out there and slid it home."

The Predators challenged for goaltender interference, but the goal stood following a video review.

Janmark extended the lead to 3-1 at 16:30 on a rebound from below the left face-off circle. It was his fourth goal.

"Absolutely, it gains confidence," Stars defenseman John Klingberg said. "We're still building on something here. Defensively, again, I think we're doing a good job, and obviously the goalies are playing really good as well. Khudobin was real good today, so we'll just keep building here."

Jarnkrok gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 9:35 of the first period on a wrist shot from the right face-off circle for his ninth goal.

Tyler Seguin tied it 1-1 at 11:11 on a one-timer off a pass from Alexander Radulov. It was Seguin's 21st goal.

"I don't think our start was good," Khudobin said. "We need to find a way to start a back-to-back on the road better, but as the game goes on we kept the intensity better and better. I think we had more legs in the third period, I would say, and we got the result."

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They said it

"A lot of guys were saying that's the toughest building to play. The fans are loud. They're playing pretty good hockey. They're playing fast, they're playing physical … and that was a good test and luckily we won." -- Stars goalie Anton Khudobin

 

"We keep talking about it and keep talking about it. We just have to find a way. That's all I can say about it at this point." -- forward Colton Sissons on the Predators failing to score on the power play in their past 32 opportunities  

 

Need to know

Seguin has three goals in his past two games. … Faksa and defenseman Esa Lindell each had two assists for the Stars. … Predators defenseman P.K. Subban had six shots on goal and 10 shot attempts.

 

What's next

Stars: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

Predators: Host the Coyotes on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-A, NHL.TV)

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