Despite falling to the Nashville Predators in overtime last night, the Dallas Stars managed to endure through three-plus periods to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-4. The game was the epitome of the back-and-forth battle that makes an entertaining and gripping hockey game.
The Stars kicked off scoring in tonight’s game, with captain Brenden Morrow netting an off-the-skate goal following a pass from Cody Eakin. The goal was Morrow’s fifth goal of the season. Only Columbus’ Derick Brassard sat in the box during the period on a holding penalty.
With only a minute on the clock in the second period, Columbus’ Nikita Nikitin tied the game with assists from Fedor Tyutin and Mark Letestu . Derek Roy answered four minutes later to put the Stars back up on the Blue Jackets, 2-1. Only a minute later, Blue Jacket Derek Dorsett tied the game yet again. Recent acquisition Antoine Roussel put the Stars up to close out the second period with his fourth goal of the season. Brenden Dillon and Stephane Robidas assisted on Roussel’s goal.
Columbus broke out scoring in the third period, tying the game yet again with a goal by Cam Atkinson at the six minute mark. Cody Eakin put the Stars in the lead yet again, scoring his third goal of the season with six minutes remaining in the game. Despite vigorous defensive attempts, Columbus’ RJ Umberger scored with only a minute and a half left on the clock.
Determined to not repeat last night’s overtime loss, the Stars started the overtime period frantic and energized. Two minutes into the five minute bonus period, Brenden Dillon sent the puck across the ice to Derek Roy who’s shot on goal bounced off Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Loui Eriksson, positioned perfectly in front of the net, retrieved the rebound and, despite having his feet tied up in Columbus defense sticks, dove and poked in the game-winning goal.
The Stars looked strong, despite being down fan-favorite Michael Ryder, who was traded to the Montreal Canadians just before the start of tonight’s game, and still missing starting goalie Kari Lehtonen.
The Stars return home Thursday night to face the Edmonton Oilers. The first puck drops at 7:30.