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NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Dallas



(Friday, December 27th)

Final Score: Dallas 4, Nashville 1

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Erik Cole scored twice as the Dallas Stars took a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday.

Jamie Benn and Ryan Garbutt each posted a goal for the Stars, who have won four of their last five games. Kari Lehtonen made 33 saves in the win.

"We put the puck in the right spot a lot of the times and were able to create some pressure, and we have numbers back when teams are coming out," said Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff. "We have to give our forwards a lot of credit for coming back and doing the work their doing and getting shot leads and blocking more shots."

Kevin Klein scored the only goal of the game for the Predators, who matched a season-high with their fifth straight loss. Carter Hutton allowed all four goals on 34 shots.

"We've been giving up a lot of early goals and tonight I can't blame the goaltender, Carter (Hutton) was pretty decent tonight and our goaltending was adequate tonight," said Phoenix head coach Barry Trotz. "We needed some guys to snipe, we had Lehtonen down a couple of times and they didn't snipe."

Dallas took the initial lead in the game as Benn took the puck down the left wing and skated behind the net before wrapping the puck in at the right side just 42 seconds in.

Nashville tied the game at 7:14 of the second period as Colin Wilson skated from behind the net to the low left circle and held up. He then sent the puck to the slot where a flying Klein one-timed it home for his first of the season.

Dallas, though, made it a 2-1 game just 24 seconds later as Cole scored his first of the game on a wrister from the right circle with traffic in front.

The Stars then made it a 3-1 contest at 14:04 of the second as Cole skated down the right wing to the front and slammed on the brakes before switching to the backhand and stuffing it in past the left pad of Hutton.

It was a 4-1 game at 4:09 of the third as Benn sent a shot on net from the right point that was tipped by Cody Eakin then tipped by Garbutt into the net.

Game Notes

Dallas hosts St. Louis on Sunday ... Nashville hosts Los Angeles on Saturday ... Nashville took a 3-1 win against Dallas at home on Dec. 12 ... Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play.

12/28 01:35:58 ET

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CAR 1
MIN 3
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TOR 94
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STL 5
HOU 2
 
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MIA 5
 
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MIN 1
 
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PHI 1
NYY 4
 
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ATL 8
WAS 9
 
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TOR 5
BAL 4
 
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DET 4
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CIN 5
 
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CLE 9
KAN 11
 
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LOS 10
 
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SFG 12
 
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SEA 4
 
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COL 0
 
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OAK 7
 
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NYY 1
PIT 3
 
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IND 98
CHI 84
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WAS 99
MIA 97
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ORL 119
SAC 114
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CHA 103
TOR 94
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PHI 83
UTA 89
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ATL 106
CLE 97
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NOP 98
BOS 104
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HOU 103
DET 93
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MEM 97
LAL 90
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BRK 100
PHO 108
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SAN 120
DEN 111
 
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DAL 31
 
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MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
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CSOU 60
LONG 68
 
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SILL 45
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RAD 66
WINT 67
 
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EVAN 67
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HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
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UNCG 81
SAMF 76
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ELON 74
TOWS 69
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KSU 79
AKR 77
 
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BUF 77
BGU 75
 
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DART 75
BRO 69
 
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WMICH 74
CMICH 62
 
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PENN 54
CLMB 46
 
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PRIN 66
CORN 53
 
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OU 69
ILLCH 72
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OHIO 95
UMO 65
 
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BST 67
NILL 71
 
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EMICH 85
TOL 59
 
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NIOWA 71
BRAD 46
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MURST 80
MORE 77
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HARV 52
YALE 62
 
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COC 56
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CITA 56
FUR 73
 
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CCAR 74
UNCA 57
 
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USF 62
PAC 58
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TTU 74
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LOYC 70
 
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CLST 63
DET 46
 
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