NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Dallas Stars did just enough on their many power-play chances to beat the Nashville Predators.
Jere Lehtinen and Antti Miettinen scored power-play goals and Marty Turco made 23 saves to help the Stars beat the Predators 3-1 on Saturday night.
The Stars were 2-for-12 on the power play.
``There was so much in terms of the power play it is hard to really critique it,'' Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. ``Our power play came up with some big goals. That was the difference in the game. You have to like that.
Stu Barnes also scored for Dallas, coming off a 4-1 home loss to Phoenix on Friday night. The Stars are 9-2-0 in their last 11 games and 8-2-0 in their last 10 road games.
``We've been in scenarios in this building where everything goes against us,'' Tippett said. ``We left our building on a frustrated note. We just had to come in and get all of that cleared out. Stuff is going to happen during a game. You just have to deal with it.''
Dallas pulled away with a pair of second-period goals.
Lehtinen opened the scoring on a power play at 5:45, beating goalie Tomas Vokoun with a wrist shot. Barnes made it 2-0 with 1:47 left with a shot from the left side of the net that slid between Vokoun's pads.
Nashville cut it 2-1 on Scott Hartnell's power-play goal at 3:39.
But 13 penalties kept the Predators from getting into any kind of offensive flow.
``You're not going to have success sitting in the box all night long,'' Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. ``You have to learn to adjust, You have to stay on task, adjust and play smart. We did not adjust enough and it cost us the game.''
Dallas completed the scoring at 6:04 on Miettinen's power-play goal.
Nashville had nine power-play chances.
``It was important for us to have a workman-like attitude,'' Turco said. ``And that attitude showed up. The penalty kill was such a huge part of this game.''
Notes: The Stars have at least one power-play goal in 14 straight games, the longest streak in the NHL. ... The Predators have scored at least one power-play goal in their last seven games.