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Dan Ellis makes 27 saves as Predators shutout Stars 3-0 @NHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Dan Ellis made 27 saves for his second shutout in his last six games, and Joel Ward scored twice in the Nashville Predators' 3-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Ellis has allowed only three goals in his last three starts. He has eight career shutouts, two against the Stars - the team that originally drafted him.

David Legwand also scored to help the Predators end a three-game losing streak.

Ward skated in from the right side and faked a shot to draw Stars goalie Tobias Stephan out of the net. Ward then backhanded a shot that went into the goal behind Stephan's back at the 4:27 mark of the first period.

Legwand scored at 7:05 of the third period. He skated in front of the goal mouth and put a shot between Stepan's pads.

Ward scored an empty-net goal with 1:26 left for the first multi-goal game of his NHL career.

Notes: Ward ended a streak of 13 games without a goal. ... RW Jordin Tootoo was back in action for the Predators after missing two games because of a lower-body injury. ... The Stars are 1-6-0 in the second half of back-to-back games this season. They beat Detroit 3-1 at home on Friday night. ... The Predators are 8-0 when leading after the first period.

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