The Dallas Stars started strong, stumbled, but regained control against the Nashville Predators on Friday night.
The Nashville Predators, entering the second game of a back to back, spotted the Stars an early 3 goal lead. Pekka Rinne, who started the game but did not finish, allowed 3 goals on 7 shots in the first period before being replaced by Anders Lindback. Lindback performed admirably in his relief effort, but it wasn't enough to overcome the 3-0 hole he inherited, despite the Predators offense managing to keep them in the game.
After securing the 3 goal lead, the Bachman and the Stars surrendered markers to Matt Halischuk and Martin Erat, making it 3-2 at the halfway point of the game. Mike Ribeiro scored on a brilliant shot from a severe angle on a pass from captain Brenden Morrow to give the Stars some breathing room.
In the third period, a defensive breakdown once again gave the Predators life, as David Legwand scored his tenth of the year on a play the Jamie Benn wishes he could have back. Benn, proudly wearing the A on his sweater once again, scored on the very next shift to regain momentum that the Stars wouldn't lose. Michael Ryder added his 13th on an empty net late in the game, as the Stars go into the Christmas holiday fresh off a 6-3 victory.
09:25 DAL Vernon Fiddler (4) Wrist Shot - Assists: R. Dvorak (12) & S. Souray (12)
10:41 DAL Loui Eriksson (12) Snap Shot - Assists: T. Daley (7) & M. Ryder (10)
12:30 DAL Steve Ott (6) Assists: T. Daley (8) & M. Ribeiro (21)
08:56 NSH Matt Halischuk (7) Wrist Shot - Assists: B. Geoffrion (3) & J. Smithson (2)
11:45 NSH PPG - Martin Erat (8) Wrist Shot - Assists: R. Suter (19) & S. Weber (21)
14:10 DAL Mike Ribeiro (5) Wrist Shot - Assists: B. Morrow (10) & S. Ott (11)
04:38 NSH PPG - David Legwand (10) Wrist Shot - Assists: C. Wilson (14) & C. Smith (17)
05:08 DAL Jamie Benn (9) Snap Shot - Assists: L. Eriksson (18) & M. Ryder (11)
17:53 DAL EN - Michael Ryder (13) Backhand - Assists: none
Defending Big D 3 Stars
1) Michael Ryder
2) Nicklas Grossman
3) Richard Bachman