Red-hot Eriksson leads Stars into Ottawa

Dallas (13-14-4) at Ottawa (11-14-5), 7:00 pm EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) — Loui Eriksson hopes he can take his hot
streak over the border when the Dallas Stars visit the Ottawa
Senators on Saturday.

After recording a two-goal performance one day earlier, Eriksson
netted his first career hat trick during Thursday’s 6-5 shootout
victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“It was a nice win. That was my first hat trick, it was
awesome,” Eriksson said. “It’s a great feeling. It was a great
way to win, too. Picking up the late win, it was great.”

Brad Richards and Mike Ribeiro scored and Marty Turco thwarted
both attempts in the bonus format for the Stars, who improved to
3-1-0 in its last four games. Richards also had a goal and
three assists in regulation.

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“It’s been tough going offensively. It’s nice to be rewarded
and help the team out,” Richards said. “Sometimes you have an
off-game, you’re snakebit. No excuses. It was nice to have
something to show for it.”

The Senators are hoping to avoid their third straight loss,
following Friday’s 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Jarkko Ruutu ended a 23-game goalless streak with a shorthanded
goal for Ottawa, which has lost five of its last six contests.