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Richards' tiebreaking goal sends Stars to 4-3 victory over Islanders

DALLAS - Brad Richards scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Marty Turco stopped all seven shots he faced in the final period, and the Dallas Stars snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Toby Petersen, Loui Eriksson and Brenden Morrow added goals for the Stars, 9-2-2 in their last 13 at home.

The game was tied at 3 when Richards capitalized on the rebound of Eriksson's shot at 16:47 of the second period.

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro made 24 saves in his first game in more than a year. DiPietro sustained a left knee injury on Jan. 2, 2008, that required major surgery. DiPietro completed a minor-league rehab assignment and the 28-year-old goalie got the start on the second stop of a three-game road trip.

Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders, 5-1-1 in their previous seven games.

New York's John Tavares nearly notched the tying goal with about 45 seconds left, but his shot from close range glanced off the right goal post.

Petersen got the game's first goal at 4:44 of the first period when his deflection glanced off the stick of Islanders defenceman Brendan Witt and through DiPietro's pads.

The Isles drew even at 1 at 7:16 of the first period when Bailey took advantage of a Dallas defensive breakdown.

New York's Trent Hunter sent a soft shot toward the net that dribbled off Turco's pad. Stars defenceman Trevor Daley whiffed on a clearing attempt, with Bailey firing the puck past Turco on the Islanders' first shot on goal.

The Islanders took a 2-1 lead at 19:19 of the first period on another error by Daley.

Daley was unable to control the puck behind his net, and it bounced in front where Okposo beat Turco.

Eriksson got Dallas even at 2 on a wrist shot from the slot at 4:18 of the second period.

Turco fanned while attempting an up-ice pass, leaving the puck in front of the net where Nielsen scored to make it 3-2 at 7:47 of the second period.

The lead was short-lived with Morrow needing only 24 seconds to tie it at 3.

NOTES: The Stars were playing their first game since second-line C Mike Ribeiro sustained a serious throat injury. Ribeiro will be out 4-to-6 weeks with a throat contusion sustained when he was hit in the neck by the stick of New York Rangers forward Chris Higgins in the second period of Wednesday night's 5-2 road loss. Ribeiro will remain in a Manhattan hospital through the weekend recovering from a throat procedure that included a tracheotomy. ... On Friday night Stars coach Marc Crawford moved C Tom Wandell to the No. 2 line and C Mike Modano from the fourth to the third line. Winger Steve Ott centred the fourth line. ... D Radek Martinek (knee), RW Tim Jackman (face) and LW Sean Bergenheim (rib) are out for the Islanders.



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