The Dallas Stars continued their fight for a playoff spot and extended their win streak to four games with a 5-2 win at the Nashville Predators Friday night.
They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes of the game and continued to push until the final buzzer. Alex Chiasson scored two goals, Ray Whitney tallied a goal and an assist and Richard Bachman stopped 26 of 28 shots to lead the Stars to victory.
Erik Cole opened the scoring 6:04 into the first period when he received a pass near the blue line from Vernon Fiddler behind the net and let loose a cannon through a crowd in front of Chris Mason.
Whitney scored a power play goal on a one-timer to the left of the Nashville goal 8:40 into the first period. Taylor Beck put the Predators on the board during a power play with less than two minutes remaining in the opening frame.
The Stars reversed their usual second period misfortunes by scoring two goals on six shots. Alex Goligoski’s long pass out of the zone sprung the Stars’ fourth line on a rush into the Nashville zone. Antoine Roussel received the pass and sent the puck up near the boards for Ryan Garbutt. He centered the puck off his backhand for Tom Wandell who tipped the puck in front directly on top of the crease.
Dallas took a 4-1 lead 11:12 into the second period when Whitney made a magical pass behind the Nashville defense to Chiasson. The puck bounced perfectly to Chiasson behind two defenders as he drove the net and Chiasson tapped the puck in between Chris Mason’s legs for the goal.
Chiasson’s second goal came 7:03 into the third period. He skated the puck out of the Dallas zone and led a 3-on-2 rush into the Nashville zone. He took a wrist shot near the top of the right circle that found its way past Mason.
Nashville closed the scoring 12:12 into the third period when Bobby Butler placed a wrist shot from the right circle over Bachman’s left shoulder and under the crossbar.
The Stars were outshot 18-28 and both teams ended the night 1-for-3 on the power play.
Dallas heads home for the second game of the back-to-back against the San Jose Sharks Saturday night.