The Dallas Stars saw their winning streak end at four games with a 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh Friday night. James Neal scored two power play goals and Matt Cooke scored on a penalty shot for the Penguins, who passed the Stars for most points in the NHL. Eric Nystrom scored the lone goal for the Stars, who fell to 11-4-0 on the season. Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 of 32 shots for Dallas. The Stars lost defenseman Alex Goligoski, who left the game after the first period with an upper body injury and did not return.
The Stars were outshot 13-5 and didn’t have a lot of time in the offensive zone, but scored the only goal of the first period. That came with 3:52 left when Radek Dvorak set up Eric Nystrom off the rush, backhanding the puck from the left wing to the front of the net, where Nystrom chipped it over Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was sharp in the first, coming with some nice stops including a couple of Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin.
The Stars were down to four defenseman by the end of the second period. The team announced at the beginning of the period that Alex Goligoski would not return to the game due to an upper body injury suffered in the first period.
Then late in the second defenseman Mark Fistric left the ice after getting hit in the throat with a puck that deflected off a stick. There has been no update on Fistric’s status.
The Penguins tied the game with 2:04 left in the period. Just seconds after Pittsburgh had a power play goal waved off for being deflected in with a high stick, James Neal scored on the same power play, beating Kari Lehtonen with a blast from the left circle.
Pittsburgh took the lead at 7:19 of the third period with their second power play goal of the game. The goal came shortly after Pittsburgh had an apparent power play goal waved off because of goalie interference by Chris Kunitz. The actual goal when Neal’s pass from Kunitz hit the stick of Fistric and went into the net.
Just 2:09 later the Penguins made it 3-1 when Matt Cooke scored on the penalty shot after being pulled down a breakaway by Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley. Cooke showed backhand and then beat Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen forehand.
Scratches: Pardy, Dowell
Injured: Ott (hip)