DALLAS -- It was another tight game for the Dallas Stars and another one where they found a way to win. Vernon Fiddler’s goal with 8:26 snapped a 1-1 tie and propelled the Stars to a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at American Airlines Center Saturday night.
"I thought it was a hard fought win,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We got a bounce there in the end and we'll take the two points. I thought it was a pretty good effort. I thought it was a pretty good hockey game."
The Stars improved to 8-3-0 on the season. It was the most wins for the Stars in the month of October since the 2006-07 team went 9-2-0 during the season’s first month.
"We're a confident team now. We know we can win some games,” said Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 31 shots on the night to improve to 8-1-0 on the season. “We just have to keep working hard."
The Stars, who are 5-1-0 in one-goal games this season, prevailed in another tight game.
"We know we are going to play in a lot of tight games with the way we play and we just have to get comfortable playing in them,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “Thankfully we've gotten there quick and seem to be settling in. We get those one goal leads and feel pretty comfortable with them."
The Devils drew even at the 12:00 mark of the second, getting a goal from Petr Sykora. After Patrik Elias won an offensive zone draw, Sykora got the puck at the top of the left circle and roofed a shot over Lehtonen.
The Devils got a late power play attempt, but Sheldon Souray’s scored into the empty net from about 180 feet with 2.7 seconds left to round out the scoring for the Stars.
“It was a couple periods of patient hockey, wait and see,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “We were able to get a bounce. It was a big two points."
Grossman leaves game with facial cut
Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman left Saturday’s game in the third period after getting cut on the face with a skate.
“He got a big gash, so we won’t be modeling next week,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “That’s a little scary when that happens. I haven’t seen him. I saw him on the table getting stitches. It’s a good thing our plastic surgeon guy was here. He can make Grossy look as cute as he ever was. But he got a real good gash by his face, through his cheek.”
*The Stars honored GM Joe Nieuwendyk prior to the game for his election to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The ceremony featured a highlight video and the Stars presenting Nieuwendyk a watch and plaque which eventually will go on the Stars Walk of Legends.
*Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli and pitcher Derek Holland were in attendance at Saturday’s game and the two players took part in a puck shooting contest during the first intermission. Napoli won the contest.
*Saturday’s attendance at American Airlines Center was 11,740.
*The Stars will take Sunday and Monday off. They’ll practice Tuesday in Frisco. Their next game is Friday, when they host Colorado at American Airlines Center.