DALLAS (Ticker) — With top scoring threats Brenden Morrow, Brad
Richards and Jere Lehtinen out with injuries, the Dallas Stars
need a lift from other sources.
Newcomers Steve Begin and Brendan Morrison came through Thursday
Begin and Morrison scored their first goals for Dallas, and the
Stars ended a six-game home losing streak with a 3-2 victory
over the Carolina Hurricanes.
“We’re depleted, so we’re asking a lot of the guys who are
left,” said Stars center Mike Modano, who assisted on Morrison’s
goal. “It’s critical that we get scoring from everybody.”
Begin had gone seven games without a point since he was acquired
in a trade with Montreal on February 26.
“It feels very good to get it out of the way,” Begin said. “Now
I can think about something else.”
Morrison hadn’t scored in four games after being picked up off
waivers from Anaheim on March 4.
“I was brought in here to provide offense, and when you don’t
get on the board right away, it’s frustrating,” Morrison said.
“Now it’s a matter of establishing some consistency.”
Mike Ribeiro, Begin and Morrison scored during the first 9:51 of
the second period after Rod Brind’Amour’s shorthanded tally put
the Hurricanes in front in the first.
Ray Whitney’s power-play goal from the right circle at 13:45 of
the third period – his 22nd of the season – pulled Carolina to
Marty Turco, starting for the 37th time in Dallas’ last 38
games, made 29 saves. Turco had luck on his side when the
Hurricanes hit the post twice with shots early in the final
period, and Turco withstood a late Carolina flurry for his 31st
victory of the season.
The Stars, involved in a nine-team scramble for the bottom four
playoff spots in the Western Conference, were coming off a flat
performance Tuesday night in a 5-2 loss at St. Louis.
“Those were desperate points, and we needed them,” Stars coach
Dave Tippett said. “When new guys like that help the cause, it
endears them in the locker room. We didn’t make it easy on
ourselves at the end, but we’ll take the points.”
Cam Ward stopped 28 shots for Carolina.
Dallas’ home skid matched the longest in franchise history, with
the Stars managing only seven goals during that span.
Carolina’s Eric Staal continued his recent hot streak with an
assist, giving him 11 points in his last six games.
The Hurricanes lost for the second time in 24 hours. Carolina
had its four-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night,
dropping a road shootout to the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2.
“We looked like a team that was playing our fifth (game) in
seven (nights) and got in at 3 in the morning,” Carolina coach
Paul Maurice said. “We had trouble moving the puck out of our
Carolina, locked in a fight of its own for playoff position in
the Eastern Conference, is 8-3-1 in its last 12.
Dallas was on the game’s first power play, but the Stars got
caught deep in the Carolina zone, leading to a 2-on-1 breakout
by the Hurricanes. Brind’Amour converted Staal’s pass to give
the Hurricanes the lead at 7:23 of the opening period. It was
Brind’Amour’s 28th career shorthanded goal.
“I thought we came out pretty good in the first period,” Staal
said. “We got off to a one-goal lead, which is what we wanted
to do, and we had some chances in the third period. We hit a
couple of posts and had a couple of other good looks. It was a
big game and we didn’t come out ahead.”
The Stars got a break at 1:01 of the second period, drawing even
at 1 when Ribeiro’s pass glanced off the skate of Hurricanes
defenseman Tim Gleason and past Ward.
Dallas took a 2-1 lead when Begin set up in the crease and
knocked a loose puck by Ward at 6:35 of the second period, and
Morrison’s deflection 3:26 later gave the Stars a two-goal pad.