Stars rally past Blues for 4-2 win

The Dallas Stars scored three third-period goals to rally past the St. Louis Blues, 4-2, on Sunday evening. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Stars and ran their road winning streak to five games.

Brenden Morrow scored two goals, Brad Richards had one goal and two assists and James Neal also scored for the Stars, who swept the four-game season series with the Blues. Kari Lehtonen made 28 saves for Dallas.

Third period

The Stars started their rally at 2:28 of the third period when Jamie Benn put a shot on net off the rush that Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak couldn’t handle, and Stars captain Brenden Morrow scored off the rebound to tie the game, 2-2.

The Stars took the lead at the 6:32 mark when they were able to convert on an odd-man rush. Brad Richards put a shot on net from the right wing that slipped by Halak as Loui Eriksson and James Neal crashed the net.

The Blues had a couple of good chances to tie, but the Stars made a couple of big plays to preserve the lead. Nicklas Grossman made a skate save after a B.J. Crombeen wrap-around attempt slipped past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen with 11:12 left. Lehtonen then made a big save on Alex Steen with 5:10 remaining in the game.

Neal snapped a personal goal scoring drought, scoring off a 2-on-1 rush with 2:50 remaining to round out the scoring. It was Neal’s first goal in 11 games.

Second period

There was no scoring in the second period, and the St. Louis Blues continue to lead the Dallas Stars, 2-1.

The Stars, who were outshot 11-5 in the period, came close to tying the game early in the second, but a James Neal shot off the rush hit the post.

Both teams had a power-play chance in the period, and St. Louis will have 1:37 remaining on its third power play of the game when the third period begins.

First period

The St. Louis Blues lead the Dallas Stars 2-1 after one period of play.

The Stars dominated play the first part of the period, but the Blues struck first. After Dallas lost a puck battle in the neutral zone, Matt D'Agostini put a shot on net from the left wing and David Backes crashed the net and banged the rebound past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen to put the Blues up 1-0 at the 13:51 mark.

The Stars answered just 54 seconds later by cashing in on the first power play of the game. Brad Richards set up Brenden Morrow on a breakaway with a long pass, and Morrow fired wide on his first shot but got his own rebound off the endboards and fired the puck past Jaroslav Halak to make it a 1-1 game.

But the Blues got the lead back with 1:15 left in the period. After Jeff Woywitka lost his stick in a puck battle with Alex Steen, the puck went to the point where Eric Brewer shot it and Steen went to the net, where he tipped the puck past Lehtonen to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead.

Shots were even in the period at 12 apiece.

There were two fights in the period: Krys Barch vs. Cam Janssen and Brandon Segal vs. B.J. Crombeen.

Brian Sutherby and Mark Fistric were the scratches for the Stars.