Stars 2, Blue Jackets 1
The Dallas Stars are the best in the NHL at winning one-goal
This time they had a little help.
Brad Richards scored twice and the Stars benefited from a
controversial call to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on
With the score tied 1-1 with 5 minutes left in the second
period, Columbus’ Derek Dorsett beat Loui Eriksson to a loose puck
and drilled a shot into an almost empty net. But the goal was
immediately disallowed by referee Chris Rooney, who waved it off
because of goaltender interference involving the Blue Jackets’
NHL Rule 69.3 permits a goal to be erased even if a penalty is
not called – and Moreau wasn’t sent to the box.
”They said it was goaltender contact – they said – in the
crease,” Columbus coach Scott Arniel said. ”We looked at it and
we feel Ethan was outside the blue paint. The goalie came out to
challenge and ran into him and proceeded to throw his arms in the
air. Ethan’s feet were planted. There’s not much you can do; you’re
not going to change a referee’s mind.”
Subsequent replays appeared to show minor, incidental contact
between Moreau and goalie Kari Lehtonen.
Needless to say, Stars coach Marc Crawford agreed with the call
that helped his team improve to 13-2-3 in one-goal games.
”I thought it was probably a penalty, more than just a guy in
the crease,” he said. ”They have to make that call in a
split-second. And that’s the way it went.”
Dorsett, of course, saw it differently.
”It was obviously a goal after seeing the replay,” he said.
”That is a key point in the game. (Moreau) and (captain Rick) Nash
talked to the referee and they said Moreau touched or bumped into
the goalie. You can clearly see on the replay that he didn’t.”
A crowd of 13,973 booed the officials the rest of the night.
Richards netted the winner at 6:17 of the third period on a
hard, low wrist shot from the top of the left circle that eluded
goalie Mathieu Garon while the teams were each a man down.
He was flying down the left wing on a 2-on-1 break with Eriksson
at the time.
”I had some good speed,” Richards said. ”I think he (Garon)
was cheating a little bit to Loui. I think he thought I was going
to pass. I saw that and just because I had speed I shot it.”
Fedor Tyutin scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four in
a row and 10 of 12.
The Stars have earned points in 11 of 13 games (9-2-2).
Richards hadn’t played well on the road, totaling just 12 of his
team-leading 35 points away from home. But he made up for it by
burying two low, hard shots.
The game was marked by a lot of chippy play.
After the Blue Jackets registered the first nine shots, the
Stars, 15-2 when scoring first, broke through just after the first
penalty ended in a 5-on-3 power play. Richards stepped into a
wrister from the high slot, scoring his 13th goal at 13:13.
Later in the period, Moreau’s low drive from the left point was
blocked by Lehtonen. The puck wafted high over his head and landed
behind him in the crease. Tyutin, crashing the net, jammed it in
for his first of the season.
Lehtonen, who stopped 35 shots, made several big stops. He
denied Mike Commodore with a toe save early in the second period.
With just under 2 minutes left, Jake Voracek batted at a high puck
that Lehtonen deflected.
The Stars’ goalie credited special teams for stopping the Blue
Jackets on five power plays.
”I was really comfortable with our penalty kill,” he said.
”It’s been working well lately. When the other team gets the power
play, you’re not worried. You feel like your guys can help
NOTES: Stephane Robidas had an assist on Richards’ first goal to
extend his assist streak to three games. … Columbus outshot
Dallas 36-23. … Dallas has killed off 42 of the last 47 power
plays. … Espen Knutsen, the Blue Jackets’ first All-Star game
participant in 2002, dropped the ceremonial first puck as part of
the club’s 10-year anniversary celebration.