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Eriksson continues to thrive as Stars roll over Devils

Jan 1, 2009 - 7:51 AM
DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Dallas Stars have worked feverishly to negate their horrid start to the season and Loui Eriksson has made that an attainable feat.

Eriksson scored two goals and continued his impressive campaign as the Stars defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, on Wednesday.

Landon Wilson netted his second goal of the season, defenseman Mark Parrish snapped a 2-2 tie with a power-play tally in the second period and Brad Richards had three assists to help the Stars win for the third time in four games.

"It was nice to contribute, but it was nicer to get two points and get a win into the new year," Parrish said. "I think you can see it, you can feel it, there's a confidence that wasn't here a few weeks ago.

"Actions speak louder than words, you can tell how we're moving forward in the third instead of just hanging on."

Marty Turco finished with 25 saves and improved to 6-1-1 in his last eight starts for Dallas.

"We've had some tough time with them over the years," Turco said. "They are a good team. These last two games have been some very good teams, two of the best in the league.

"When you play as well as we did in the last two games, that is a big sign. You can see it, we're playing much better and we need it. Tonight was a big win for us."

Blue-liner Mike Mottau tallied and David Clarkson added a goal with the man advantage in the first, but the Devils failed to extend their two-game winning streak.

"We monitor our schedule very closely to make sure these guys are as well-rested as they can be every night," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "I don't know how you can have a second period like we did and come back and play much harder in the third and say we were tired. I don't buy that. We just weren't very good."

Several months removed from losing in the Western Conference finals to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, the Stars finished October with a pedestrian 4-5-2 record.

Their struggles continued once captain Brenden Morrow tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a 6-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on November 20 and they entered December as a last-place squad stuck with a 8-11-4 mark.

Since then, Dallas has gone 8-4-1 and has Eriksson to thank.

"We rode that momentum," Richards said. "I think we responded well to the first period. Second period we started moving our feet, it didn't matter who went over the boards. We killed some penalties and the winning goal came on the power play. More importantly, we controlled the puck and got momentum."

The 23-year-old left wing came into the 2008-09 campaign with 20 goals and 50 points over his brief career.

"No better guy to succeed this year, his all around play has been phenomenal," Dallas' Steve Ott said. "He's easily our MVP horse right now."

However, Eriksson netted his career-high 19th and 20th goals of the season in this one and has recorded eight of those in his last seven contests.

"Getting 20 goals midway through the season is a big milestone," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "The shorthanded goal was big. They played last night and you need to jump on teams quick. He raised the bar for himself. He's scored some big goals for us lately."

Eriksson opened the scoring while shorthanded midway through the first, but Mottau and Clarkson tallied within a two-minute span in the waning minutes of the session to take 2-1 lead.

Wilson forged a tie 5:39 into the second by firing a wrist shot from the low slot past Scott Clemmensen and Parrish gave Dallas a lead it would not relinquish four minutes later by converting passes from Richards and defenseman Stephane Robidas.

Eriksson struck again with 41 seconds remaining in the game, sliding the puck into the vacant net to secure the victory.

"We had a lot of guys bring good energy tonight," Tippett said. "That was a good team win. We had strong contributions throughout the lineup and we need that right now."

Clemmensen made 40 saves for the Devils, who fell to 14-5-1 in their last 20 games.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    NEW JERSEY 2 0 0 2
    DALLAS 1 2 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - (SH) LOUI ERIKSSON 19 (TREVOR DALEY, BRAD RICHARDS)
    10:09
    NJD - MIKE MOTTAU 1 (PATRIK ELIAS, BRIAN GIONTA) 17:30
    NJD - (PP) DAVID CLARKSON 7 (DAINIUS ZUBRUS, BRIAN GIONTA)
    19:36
    2ND PRD: DAL - LANDON WILSON 2

    Dec 31 11:03 PM


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    NEW JERSEY 2
    DALLAS 4
    3RD PRD: DAL - (EN) LOUI ERIKSSON 20 (BRAD RICHARDS) 19:19

    Devils 2, Stars 4  3rd - 0:41Dec 31 11:01 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NEW JERSEY 2 0 2
    DALLAS 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - (SH) LOUI ERIKSSON 19 (TREVOR DALEY, BRAD RICHARDS)
    10:09
    NJD - MIKE MOTTAU 1 (PATRIK ELIAS, BRIAN GIONTA) 17:30
    NJD - (PP) DAVID CLARKSON 7 (DAINIUS ZUBRUS, BRIAN GIONTA)
    19:36
    2ND PRD: DAL - LAN

    Dec 31 10:10 PM


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    NEW JERSEY 2
    DALLAS 3
    2ND PRD: DAL - MARK PARRISH 5 (BRAD RICHARDS, STEPHANE ROBIDAS) 9:58

    Devils 2, Stars 3  2nd - 10:02Dec 31 9:48 PM


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    NEW JERSEY 2
    DALLAS 2
    2ND PRD: DAL - LANDON WILSON 2 (MIKE RIBEIRO, KRYS BARCH) 5:39

    Devils 2, Stars 2  2nd - 14:21Dec 31 9:41 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NEW JERSEY 2 2
    DALLAS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - (SH) LOUI ERIKSSON 19 (TREVOR DALEY, BRAD RICHARDS)
    10:09
    NJD - MIKE MOTTAU 1 (PATRIK ELIAS, BRIAN GIONTA) 17:30
    NJD - (PP) DAVID CLARKSON 7 (DAINIUS ZUBRUS, BRIAN GIONTA)
    19:36
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    NEW JERSEY 2
    DALLAS 1
    1ST PRD: NJD - (PP) DAVID CLARKSON 7 (UNASSISTED) 19:36

    Devils 2, Stars 1  1st - 0:24Dec 31 9:12 PM


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    NEW JERSEY 1
    DALLAS 1
    1ST PRD: NJD - MIKE MOTTAU 1 (UNASSISTED) 17:30

    Devils 1, Stars 1  1st - 2:30Dec 31 9:09 PM


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    NEW JERSEY 0
    DALLAS 1
    1ST PRD: DAL - (SH) LOUI ERIKSSON 19 (UNASSISTED) 10:09

    Devils 0, Stars 1  1st - 9:51Dec 31 8:55 PM