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Strong first period leads Dallas over Columbus, 4-2

 

Jamie Benn scored 2 goals for Dallas (photo by Resolute in 2009 via wikipedia commons)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Dallas Stars are fighting for a playoff spot and if they have the lead going into the third period, the law of averages favors them.

The Stars are 16-0-0 when leading after two periods, which ties them for first in the league. The last time they have lost a game in regulation when leading into the third period, was on October 31, 2009. From that point forward, they are 57-0-5.

Thursday night at Nationwide Arena, the Blue Jackets discovered why the Stars are so good in protecting a lead as the visitors prevailed, 4-2.

The Stars went up 3-0 21 minutes into the game, but the Blue Jackets scored two power-play goals and then had several chances to get the tying goal in the final period but couldn’t get the puck passed Kari Lehtonen who had 26 saves.

Jamie Benn scored two goals, Stephane Robidas had a goal and an assist, and Mike Robeiro added two assists for the Stars who badly need points every game because they are 12th in the Western Conference but only two points behind 8th place Minnesota for the final playoff spot.

Columbus, who has looked more like a real team under interim coach Todd Richards, scored twice in the second period, both on power plays. Vinny Prospal and Rick Nash scored, while Fedor Tyutin and Derick Brassard garnered two assists each.

It was a tough night for two players, defenseman Marc Methot left the game with a broken jaw and right winger Jared Boll broke his foot.

GAME NOTES:

*** NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, met with the media before the game and was in attendance. Earlier in the day, he made the announcement of the 2013 Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto at the University of Michigan’s football stadium.

*** Scouts were in the pressbox at Nationwide Arena with the trading deadline just 2 1/2 weeks away. The scouts were from Nashville, Ottawa, Detroit, San Jose, New Jersey, Montreal, Vancouver, Chicago, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

POST-GAME AUDIO FROM THE DALLAS STARS DRESSING ROOM:

49 556 Jamie Benn Dallas LW The first period start was a key for the Stars

49 557 Jamie Benn Dallas LW Tomas Vincour had a fine game tonight on line with Ott & Benn

49 558 Alex Goligoski Dallas Defenseman Big win for Dallas to started game well

49 559 Alex Goligoski Dallas defenseman It’s a battle every night for points & playoff spot

 

POST-GAME AUDIO FROM COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS PRESS CONFERENCE

49 544 Todd Richards CBJ coach Columbus not ready to start game in 1st period

49 545 Todd Richards CBJ coach Marc Methot’s injury

49 548 Todd Richards CBJ coach The Power Play was working tonight with two goals

49 549 Todd Richards CBJ coach Jared Boll’s injury

49 550 Todd Richards CBJ coach Derick Brassard is finally coming around as a player

 

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