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Murray makes 25 saves, Penguins shut out Stars

Rust scores in season debut for Pittsburgh, which ends three-game losing streak

by Josh Clark / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Rust scores in season debut

PIT@DAL: Rust scores on wraparound

Bryan Rust goes for a wraparound attempt and banks the puck off a defender and into the net to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead in the 3rd

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DALLAS -- Matt Murray made 25 saves for the Pittsburgh Penguins in his first shutout of the season, a 3-0 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Saturday. 

"We showed some character and some real resolve, and took charge out there in the third period," Murray said. "That was big."

The Penguins scored three goals and outshot the Stars 16-3 in the third period after Dallas outshot Pittsburgh 22-11 in the first two periods.

 

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"You saw a team that has won two Stanley Cups and their mindset to start the third," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "They came out and shoved it right down our throat. We never recovered and we never responded."

Dominik Kahun, Bryan Rust and Brandon Tanev each had a goal for the Penguins (7-5-0), who ended a three-game losing streak.

Ben Bishop made 24 saves for the Stars (4-8-1), who had won three in a row.

"We just have to regroup here," Bishop said. "We're playing some good hockey. We played three good games and I thought we played pretty well tonight too. We easily could've come away with a victory. Just keep building on it. It's unfortunate tonight, but I like where we're going."

Video: PIT@DAL: Kahun tucks home loose puck after turnover

Kahun made it 1-0 at 7:29, scoring from the goal line after Bishop committed a turnover behind the net.

"They dumped it in and I went to go play it and accidentally kind of hit it backwards while I was trying to hit it forward," Bishop said. "The guy made the play up front. It's an unfortunate play, but sometimes it happens."

"It's great for Dominik," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "We felt like he's been around it the last handful of games. He's had a lot of chances and the puck hasn't gone in the net for him. It's a big one for us tonight."

Rust scored on a wraparound when the puck deflected off the foot of Stars defenseman John Klingberg to make it 2-0 at 9:07. Rust, who sustained an upper-body injury in Pittsburgh's preseason finale Sept. 28, was making his season debut. 

"Rust brings that speed dimension," Sullivan said. "He's hard to play against. He forces turnovers and he wreaks havoc with his speed."

Tanev scored into an empty net at 18:46 for the 3-0 final.

The Stars went 0-for-2 on the power play and are 3-for-36 (8.33 percent) with the man-advantage this season.

"The power play to me was just a lack of effort, especially the second one," Montgomery said. "I thought the effort was there on the first one except for one moment. On the second, we were just disjointed. That's unfortunately been the story for our power play for the season so far."

"You have to read off of each other and read off where the puck is going," Klingberg said. "You've got to move together. At the same time, it comes down to winning those one-on-one battles and getting the puck up and creating movement from there. I think right now we are sometimes throwing the puck away when we don't have to. It's frustrating and it's something that we have to work on."'

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They said it

"We really like this mix that we have right now. They're playing hard for one another. We only got one win on this road trip. We could have had more. When I look back at the whole road trip, we probably had one period that we didn't like, and it was the second period tonight. I really like the response our team had in the third." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan

"Ice time was pretty spread out and everybody was contributing. I thought a lot of guys played really well in the first two periods. The third period was reminiscent of some of the games early last year in the third period where no one seized the moment. I give credit to Pittsburgh. They came out and seized the moment." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery

 

Need to know

Stars defenseman Andrej Sekera went shoulder-first into the boards at 6:18 of the third period while racing for a puck with Penguins forward Nick Bjugstad and was helped off the ice by the medical staff. Montgomery did not have a clear update but said it did not look serious. … Bjugstad returned after missing the past nine games with a lower-body injury. … The Penguins have won their past five games against the Stars and outscored them 18-6. … Murray's shutout was the 11th of his NHL career. … Penguins rookie defenseman John Marino had an assist for his first NHL point. … Klingberg skated more than 28 minutes (28:18) in a regular season game for the 11th time in his NHL career.

 

What's next

Penguins: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

Stars: Host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW+, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

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