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Neal's shootout goal powers Stars past Blue Jackets

Feb 17, 2009 - 4:35 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Rookie James Neal scored the first shootout goal of his career to lift the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.

Loui Eriksson collected a goal and an assist, Brad Richards also scored and Marty Turco made a career-high 41 saves for the Stars, who have won nine of their last 12 games.

Mike Ribeiro got the first opportunity for Dallas in the shootout, but was denied by Chris Mason. Neal used a simple tactic in his turn, skating straight up the slot and sending a wrist shot past Mason on the glove side.

"I decide before I shoot what I am going to do," Neal said. "It's totally different because he is a righthanded catcher. I was shooting low blocker. He's a great catcher, so I wanted to get it up and I was able to get it up and over.

"You want to step up and make a big play and contribute. I want to be a guy that can put the puck in the net in that situation."

Turco stopped captain Rick Nash on the final attempt to clinch the win.

"We didn't play our best game tonight, but we showed a some character in the third period and played better," Turco said. "At the end of the day, we got the two points and that's all that really matters.

"We can learn a lot from this game and play better. It may be a good thing for us."

R.J. Umberger netted a pair of goals in regulation for the Blue Jackets.

"Just a couple of rebounds that I happened to be around the net and able to get good enough wood on them to knock them in," Umberger said.

After Umberger gave Columbus a 2-1 lead at the 7:46 mark of the second, Eriksson responded five minutes later with his 27th goal of the season to level the contest.

Eriksson took a quick feed from defenseman Trevor Daley on the right side of the net and slipped it past Mason's outstretched left pad.

"They outshot us pretty bad in the second period, but still we got it to 2-2 there and tied it," Eriksson said. "The third period, both teams had some chances, and we finally won the game. It's two huge points, again to take."

The Blue Jackets had multiple chances to clinch the win in overtime, but could not convert on two separate power-play opportunities in the extra session. Turco stopped four shots in overtime.

"When you don't have time off and you're seeing a lot of rubber, it's kind of neat to play mind games to stay (with) it," Turco said. "It's not something I look forward to, but when you're in the middle of it, you try to have the mentality of whatever it takes for the team, whatever comes your way - whether it is one or 100 - just be ready and do your job."

"(Turco) was great today," Eriksson said. "He saved 41 shots today. He's been amazing. To hold the three shots in the shootout, too, that's what we want from him, and he's been doing it. He's been incredible."

Mason finished with 20 saves for Columbus, which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.

"We have had games like this, where we've outplayed the team and not won the game," Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. "That's the nature of the game.

"When we went up 2-1 and had all those chances, we left the game out there. We didn't bury those chances and allowed them to score that goal at the end of the power play."

Richards netted his 16th goal of the season just 27 seconds into the contest, but the former Conn Smythe trophy winner left the game in the second period after suffering a wrist injury when he was checked into the boards by Columbus rookie Jakub Voracek.

"He will be re-evaluated tomorrow," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "Upper body, re-evaluated tomorrow."






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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    DALLAS 1 1 0 0 (1) 3
    COLUMBUS 0 2 0 0 (0) 2 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - BRAD RICHARDS 16 (LOUI ERIKSSON, BRIAN SUTHERBY) 0:27
    2ND PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 18 (KRIS RUSSELL, JAKUB VORACEK) 6:17
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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    DALLAS 1 1 0 0 2
    COLUMBUS 0 2 0 0 2 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - BRAD RICHARDS 16 (LOUI ERIKSSON, BRIAN SUTHERBY) 0:27
    2ND PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 18 (KRIS RUSSELL, JAKUB VORACEK) 6:17
    COB - R.J. UMBERGER 19 (CHRISTIAN BACKMAN, RAFFI TO

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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    DALLAS 1 1 0 2
    COLUMBUS 0 2 0 2 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - BRAD RICHARDS 16 (LOUI ERIKSSON, BRIAN SUTHERBY) 0:27
    2ND PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 18 (KRIS RUSSELL, JAKUB VORACEK) 6:17
    COB - R.J. UMBERGER 19 (CHRISTIAN BACKMAN, RAFFI TORRES)
    7:46
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    DALLAS 1 1 2
    COLUMBUS 0 2 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - BRAD RICHARDS 16 (LOUI ERIKSSON, BRIAN SUTHERBY) 0:27
    2ND PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 18 (KRIS RUSSELL, JAKUB VORACEK) 6:17
    COB - R.J. UMBERGER 19 (CHRISTIAN BACKMAN, RAFFI TORRES)
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    DALLAS 2
    COLUMBUS 2
    2ND PRD: DAL - LOUI ERIKSSON 27 (TREVOR DALEY, MIKE RIBEIRO) 12:56

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    DALLAS 1
    COLUMBUS 1
    2ND PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 18 (KRIS RUSSELL, JAKUB VORACEK) 6:17

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    DALLAS 1 1
    COLUMBUS 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DAL - BRAD RICHARDS 16 (LOUI ERIKSSON, BRIAN SUTHERBY) 0:27
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COB 13 13
    GOALIES: DAL - MARTY TURCO
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    DALLAS 1
    COLUMBUS 0
    1ST PRD: DAL - BRAD RICHARDS 16 (LOUI ERIKSSON, BRIAN SUTHERBY) 0:27

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