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Richards, Ribeiro push Stars to wild 6-5 shootout win over Blue Jackets

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DALLAS - Loui Eriksson's hat trick got Dallas into overtime, and Brad Richards and Mike Ribeiro scored in the shootout to give the Stars a 6-5 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Richards and Ribeiro beat goalie Pascal Leclaire in the first and third rounds to lift the Stars to their sixth win in nine games. Columbus' Kristian Huselius hit the right post in the first round, and Marty Turco stopped Rick Nash in the second.

Eriksson registered his first three-goal effort in the NHL, giving him five goals in two games. Richards added a goal and three assists, and James Neal had a power-play tally for the Stars.

Nash had two goals and an assist. Derick Brassard, R.J. Umberger and Huselius also scored for the Blue Jackets, who beat the NHL-leading San Jose Sharks 2-1 in overtime at home on Wednesday. It could have been a bit of a letdown for Columbus, coming back 24 hours later to face the team with the second fewest points in the Western Conference.

The Blue Jackets thought they netted the winning goal 13 seconds into overtime on Manny Malhotra's apparent goal, but after a video review, officials ruled the puck was kicked into the net.

Dallas held a 5-4 lead with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, but Nash tied it with 2:46 left when he scored from close range off a pass from Fedor Tyutin.

Nash scored 1:34 after the opening faceoff, firing the rebound of Umberger's shot past Turco while Columbus had an extra attacker due to a delayed Dallas penalty.

Dallas drew even at 1-1 at 3:57 of the first period, while the teams skated 4-on-4, when Eriksson knocked Richards' centring pass past Leclaire.

Brassard put the Blue Jackets in front 2-1 on the power play, skating around the Dallas defence and beating Turco from in front at 10:02.

Eriksson tied it 2-2 with two seconds left in the first, scoring from in front off Joel Lundqvist's setup.

Eriksson completed his hat trick on a rebound 1:20 into the second while the Stars had a 5-on-3 power play.

Neal gave Dallas a 4-2 edge on a power-play deflection 1:19 later.

Columbus pulled within 4-3 at 2:39 of the second period when Umberger scored off Nash's goal-mouth pass.

Richards backhanded a loose puck past Leclaire at 8:57 of the second period to restore Dallas' two-goal advantage, but Huselius' goal at 14:38 of the second made it 5-4.

Notes: Eriksson scored five straight Stars goals over the two-game span to match the franchise record set in 1973 by Dan Grant when the team played in Minnesota. ... Dallas activated centres Steve Ott and Lundqvist from the injured list before the game. ... Columbus lost its first 10 games in Dallas after joining the NHL, but the Blue Jackets have won four of the last six. ... Leclaire assisted on Brassard's goal, the first point by a Columbus goalie this season.

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